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ATHS - This Week in Telehealth number 38 - August 19th 2015
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SFT-15 Conference – Earlybird Registration is open
Earlybird registration for SFT-15 is now open and available until 30 September!

This year's conference will be held from 12-13 November 2015 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Brisbane, Australia. The conference will feature an excellent program with experts in the field, a trade show to learn about the latest products and technology available in telehealth as well as the opportunity to meet and network with around 200 delegates from a variety of backgrounds - all with a keen interest in telehealth.

You can see the costs and register by clicking here.

Change Agent in Telehealth Appointed at Waikato DHB
Denise Irvine, NZ rep on the ATHS committee, has been appointed as the telehealth change agent for the Waikato District Health Board. She also reports that there is a great deal of interest in telehealth in NZ at present, and that the Waikato DHB has started Virtual Health Care, their telehealth initiative. Well done and best wishes for the new position! The Waikato Telehealth Initiative was recently launched. You can read more here.   

 
Article of the Week
Johnson, KA et al “Real-time teleophthalmology in rural Western Australia”, The Australian Journal of Rural Health 2015, 23: 142-149.
The Lions Eye Institute in Perth operates a tele-ophthalmology service to rural areas. Whilst they also do store-and-forward, this article evaluates their video consulting work. Optometrists initiated most of the video consultations, with the most common issues being red eye, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. They recommend more work to better engage with GPs. Click on the following link to access the article - it is paid access but worth it:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajr.12150/epdf
Benefits of Telehealth Presented at College of Surgeons Conference
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting in Darwin heard about increased patient satisfaction and cost savings from a telehealth service for fracture clinic patients in north-west Queensland. See more at:by following
this link.
Med-e-Tel Newsletter
See the latest newsletter from the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) with international news and links about Med-e-Tel conferences, including all the 2015 presentations, and dates for 2016. You can find the newsletter by clicking here.

 
NZ Telehealth Resource Centre Website is Launched
This website was launched by the Health Minister at Christchurch Hospital. It contains information, resources and an information sharing function. They also have a newsletter which users can subscribe to. See a lot more at
http://www.nztrc.org.nz/. More information about the launch is on the National Health IT Board website at http://healthitboard.health.govt.nz.
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