ATHS - TWIT 102 - September 15 2020
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This Week in Telehealth
This Week in Telehealth - Issue 102
COH Telehealth Webinar
(In partnership with the Australasian Telehealth Society)
A 21st century (and pandemic friendly) approach to delivering cardiac rehabilitation
Presented by:
Dr Jonathan Rawstorn
Jonathan is a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN). His research focuses on telerehabilitation program design, development, evaluation, and most recently translation into clinical practice.
This forum will discuss how evidence-based mobile health interventions can improve the reach and accessibility of cardiac rehabilitation for people who are unable to attend existing centre-based programs. It will also explore potential interest in and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships to translate research evidence into clinical practice.
Participants are encouraged to send their questions to and the panel members will do their best to address these.
Panellists this month include:
  • Dr Rita Hwang, Physiotherapist, Princess Alexandra Hospital & Adjunct Fellow, Centre for Online Health, CHSR
  • Dr Emma Thomas, Research Fellow, Centre for Online Health, CHSR
  • Associate Professor Liam Caffery, Telehealth Technology Director, Centre for Online Health, CHSR
  • Professor Anthony Smith, Director, Centre for Online Health, CHSR (Webinar Chairperson)
Date: Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Time 12:30pm – 1:00pm (AEST)  (Seminar Presentation)
1:00pm – 1:20pm (AEST) (Panel Discussion)
Location Zoom Only (see details below)
Please note this meeting is a Zoom Only Webinar.
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 Northern Territory’s digital health developments 

It was the NT's turn to discuss the COVID-19 digital health service response in the HIMSS Digital Dialogue services. Dr Deidre Palmer in the Royal Darwin Hospital claims that the surgical department had increased telehealth consults from 150 (pre-Covid) to over  9000 consults. It was stated that this increase was created through the training of staff in outpatients to be able to operate and troubleshoot the equipment. The mutual understanding between both of the NT representatives is that telehealth has a major role in the delivery of health services, and can even save lives by being available to support Remote Area Nursing staff in very remote communities. For more information IT Healthcare HIMSS Article 
The NT PHN have released regional profiles for the health sectors within the NT. This publication of various health service qualitative and quantitative data creates understanding for the resources that are available within the regions of the NT for the development of business cases and opportunities for innovation. It also demonstrates a continued lack of key role - Aboriginal Health Practitioners (AHPs) - who support telehealth services. The AHP role is a significant part of the equation when it comes to delivering culturally appropriate telehealth services to remote communities. Having a staff member that is local to the community, who can act as a patient advocate and language speaker, and who is stable as many other remote workforce travel in and out of the location is immensely important. Yet the numbers of AHPs are low, a sign that the health system is not nurturing this important role in remote areas. Unfortunately the status quo of visiting or temporarily placed staff remain the managing the remote areas. For more on the NT PHN regional data profiles visit the NT PHN webpage
The National Digital Health Agency has named East Arnhem Land a Community of Excellence in Digital Health. The Communities of Excellence program aims to embed digital health capabilities in East Arnhem focused on four key initiatives: My Health Record system, secure messaging, telehealth and medicines safety. An overarching NT Digital Health Strategy will soon be released, this will focus on leveraging digital capacity and capability to deliver streamlined health services to our communities. read more on the media release 

WEBINAR: Digital Transformation Leadership: Innovation, Decision Making, and Improvement in Digital Healthcare
September 16, 2020 (16:00 PST) USA and Canada 
The ISfTeH Digital Transformation Leadership Working Group is presenting a webinar on the topic of "Digital Transformation Leadership: Innovation, Decision Making and Improvement in Digital Healthcare" on Wednesday September 16th, at 16h00 PST (Pacific Standard Time).
The webinar will focus on:
  • Role of Managerial Innovation in Digital Healthcare Transformation
  • Transforming Healthcare Through Decision Support Systems and Virtual Care Telemedicine
  • Improving Access, Disrupting Inequities in Rural and Remote Communities
Presentations by:
Dr. Dina Ziadlou, DM-HM&L, USA
Colorado Technical University
Chair of the ISfTeH Digital Transformation Leadership Working Group
Dr. Emmanuel Abara, Surgeon, Urologist, Canada
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Chair of the ISfTeH Teleurology Working Group
Dr. Anthony Paulo Sunjaya, MD, Australia
The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW Sydney
Vice-Chair of the ISfTeH Digital Transformation Leadership Working Group
Register here for participation in this webinar.
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