ATHS - This Week in Telehealth #54 - Oct 3 2016
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If you missed out on earlybird registration, you're in luck! The deadline has just been extended to Oct 7 2016! Hurry and register now to take advantage of these great earlybird rates! ATHS members get a discount of $250!

With a wide range of guest speakers and over 90 presentations, SFT-16 in Auckland (1-3 November) is the biggest event of the year for telehealth professionals in Australasia. One registration gives you access to three other telehealth and health informatics conferences at the same time, including including Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ 2016), Global Telehealth 2016 (GT 2016), and the New Zealand Nursing Informatics Conference (NZNIC-16). The detailed programme is available at:

The ATHS Annual General Meeting will also be held on Wednesday 2 November, from 7.15 to 8.45 am (light breakfast supplied).

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society will be held at 7:15 am on Wednesday 2 November at SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland.  All members are welcome to attend.

Members will also have the opportunity to nominate for one of the elected positions on the Executive of the ATHS committee. If you are interested in standing, please contact us at
Article of the Week

Salisbury, Chris, et al. "TElehealth in CHronic disease: mixed-methods study to develop the TECH conceptual model for intervention design and evaluation." BMJ open 5.2 (2015): e006448.

This article was published in 2015 but is well worth a read because it clearly explains that for telehealth to be effective, it should not stand alone; rather, it needs to be part of a complete model of care. This is a clear and detailed description of the relationship between telehealth and comprehensive care for chronic conditions.
e-Health and Politics

A topic close to our hearts (or name any other internal organ – spleen perhaps?) This thoughtful blog sets out the case for enabling a disruptive approach and avoiding “death by micro-management”, in order to achieve patient-centred care. Read more here.
Dr Ruth Large, Keynote Speaker at #HiNZ2016 and SFT-16

Deputy Chair of the NZ Telehealth Forum & Clinical Director of Healthcare Waikato DHB, keynote speaker Dr Ruth Large will give a presentation called The Art of Healing By Distance, providing an overview of the past and future of telehealth delivery in New Zealand, and the highs and the lows of striving for health equity. Read more about Dr Large here.
ATHS Launches New Website
See our new website at! We are creating a new and updated resources page with links to guidelines, stocktakes, reports, societies, journals and research; our aim is to have all you need to know to stay current in this rapidly developing area.

Do you know a good resource that you want to be sure is on our list? Send us a message at
More Telehealth in Victoria

Victoria used to lag behind the other states in implementing telehealth, possibly because the distances are smaller and the need wasn’t seen to be as great, but with the realisation that telehealth offers benefits in all geographic areas, it has rapidly caught up; Victoria is now leading the country in telestroke. Here is a recent announcement about more funding for telehealth in the Gippsland region.
Department of Agriculture Funds Telehealth in the US

Here’s a curious thing that we could reflect on in Australia and New Zealand: the US Department of Agriculture is joining the push for better healthcare to rural regions and is funding telehealth projects. Nice to see the agriculture sector getting out of its silo (boom boom). But seriously, tackling difficult problems does require a cross-disciplinary, joined-up approach. Read the article here.
Click the image above to see short video clip: Advances in Telehealth Technology Help Join the DOTs for Tuberculosis Patient Care
Advances in Telehealth Technology Help Join the DOTs for Tuberculosis Patient Care
By Karen Gemmell, Village NZ

The delivery of tuberculosis treatment to patients around Auckland has
greatly improved thanks to video conferencing technology enabling virtual health consultations that result in optimal use of public health staff resources and time.

The treatment of around 160 new cases diagnosed in Auckland each year often includes resource intensive Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) where a trained observer must watch patients swallow each dose of their daily medication.

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) partnership with
telehealth specialists, Vivid Solutions, uses industry-leading video
collaboration technology to introduce face-to-face video conferencing to
replace in-person DOT for some patients. Known as TeleDOT, nurses no longer have to physically drive to every single patient’s home or workplace to observe them taking their medication.

Thanks to TeleDOT, patients and nurses can now communicate over video via a secure and confidential live feed on their tablets, iPads, laptops or smart phones. A new ‘auto record’ function is now also available, where patients can upload video footage of themselves taking their medicine to Vivid’s secure portal for health staff to then watch at a more suitable time.
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