Australasian Telehealth Society
ATHS This Week in Telehealth Number 4- 5 JUNE 2013
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Feedback wanted for “A National Telehealth Strategy for Australia”
Laurie Wilson has started a forum on this paper. Please look at this document on the ATHS website 
and contribute to the discussion here: 
SFT Conference Call for Abstracts Closes July 8th
This year’s SFT Conference is in Brisbane 11-12 November. It is just over a month until your 300 word abstract is due in. Don’t leave it until the last minute! Original unpublished contributions are sought from all fields of telemedicine, telehealth and related areas of e-health.
SFT Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities are now available – places are limited to apply early. View a prospectus on the conference website:

Correction! Medibank Private virtual clinics do NOT use Attend Anywhere software.
In our last issue, we published a short commentary on the launch of the Medibank Private “Anywhere Healthare” clinics. Dr Andrew Jeremijenko from TeleDr, who do use Attend Anywhere software, contacted us to say that Mediback Private does not use their software, and furthermore, Attend Anywhere takes a very different approach to enabling video consulting at the broad system level. He adds that the preferable model is to use local specialists who are known and who can see the patient face to face if required. The model should reflect how it works in the real world, but should make it faster, cheaper and better for all concerned.   
His thoughts are that telemedicine will become an integral part of the health industry, but that the current attempts are fairly primitive, with multiple issues limiting our ability to adapt. The research indicates that this change will not be doctor driven, but will be consumer driven with multiple reasons for this, and he concludes: “I don't think Medibank have got it right and I don't think the government have got it right yet and because of that money is being ineffectively spent.”

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Evidence for Home Telemonitoring in Heart Failure
Adelaide Unicare have updated the evidence pages on their website; in particular looking at the evidence for home telemonitoring being effective for patients with heart failure. This is one of the areas of clinical care where telehealth has been shown to reduce patient mortality.

mHealth Conference in Washington DC
The 4th annual mHealth Summit will be held in Washington DC in December 9-11, 2013.
mHealth is one of the fastest growing areas of telehealth, and over 4,000 delegates are expected to this conference. It will have a major focus on mHealth research, so polish up that paper you would like to deliver. The call for presentations closes on June 7th
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