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This Week in Telehealth Number 32 March 31st 2015
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Individual Membership Renewal
Last week we sent out an email to members who were no longer financially active requesting a membership renewal. Thank you to those who responded and to those of you who encountered problems, these are being fixed.
Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience and we are working to rectify the issue.
We will send out a similar request for membership renewal once the problem has been rectified. This should be within the next fortnight.
Australian Telehealth Conference
Presented by HISA (Health Informatics Society of Australia), at the Swissotel Hotel in Sydney on the 23-24 April. Keynote speaker Dr John Lambert, Chief Clinical Information Officer from eHealth NSW, will be speaking on the role of telehealth in integrated care. Also there will be a demonstration by Revolve Robotics on creating clinical telehealth sessions with robotic devices. Register here.
Article of the Week
Roberts S, Spain B, Hicks C, London J and Tay S “Telemedicine in the Northern Territory: an assessment of patient perceptions in the preoperative anaesthetic clinic.” (2015) Australian Journal of Rural Health published online 23 Jan DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12140. This study evaluated preoperative anaesthetic clinics conducted by telehealth in the NT. This is a really good use of telehealth in rural and remote areas, not only to save travel, but also to pick up problems early and reduce surgery cancellations. Similar work has been done in Queensland. The full article can be accessed via this link.
 
New Zealand Connected Care Showcase in Melbourne
The Australian Centre for Health Innovation presents this showcase, on the 17 April 2015, at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. RSVP to cheryl.park@nzte.govt.nz
 
Around the Traps: How Telemedicine Can Kill You
Don’t say that we only ever look on the bright side! But I had to go and see if there was anything behind this clickbait headline. The answer: some cautions about hackers and computer malfunctions, plus a call for standards. Now you don’t need to click... But if you'd still like to you can here.
New Zealand Telehealth Leaders Group Forum
Anthony Maeder attended this forum and found strong government leadership and enthusiasm for telehealth; there are working groups in the 4 areas of aged care, chronic disease, palliative care and paediatric services. Both our New Zealand ATHS representatives, Pat Kerr and Denise Irvine, are members of this group.  See more information by clicking here.
Report from Medico-Legal Aspects of Telehealth Forum
This one-day forum was held in Melbourne on 13 March, and was attended by a very enthusiastic audience. Anthony Smith came down from Brisbane to also discuss opportunities for telepaediatrics. A report from DLA Piper Medico Legal will shortly be place on this website for download: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/telehealth/
 
Corporate Members News
Announcing the start of an exciting research collaboration between the University of Adelaide and Blair Athol Medical Centre. This research project utilises eCareâ„¢ as the platform for delivering an innovative health & wellbeing program to patients. Participation in this six month trial has significant benefits for both patients and the practice.

Patients will get a care plan tailored to their health and wellbeing needs, motivation and support to improve their lifestyle and better manage their health and assistance and advice with new health technology

The practice can better connect with their patients directly through the patient portals, an online appointment booking system and targeted education and health promotion/prevention messages.
 
Patients were enrolled and guided through basic health & wellbeing questionnaires to launch the research project this week.

If you'd like to find out more you can access the eCare website here or email Frank at frank@nexusonline.com.au
Last but not least we would like to wish you a safe and happy Easter weekend. For those who have some time off, we hope you have a relaxing time and for those who don't, we hope you have a productive time.
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