This Week in Telehealth Number 23 September 2014
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SFT-14 Conference News
Registration now open – get your early bird applications in before October 24th!
The draft program is also now available; due to large numbers of high quality submissions there will be three concurrent presentations at most sessions.

This year, as well as maintaining our focus on telehealth research we also encouraged clinicians to get involved and present on their working telehealth services, and received a very good response.

Two more highlights are a round table on Day 1 about National Telehealth Strategies, and a session on Day 2 about the new Centre for Research Excellence in Telehealth. See at:
Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth Opens
Congrats to all those at the University of Queensland Centre for Online Health, as this CRE was officially opened recently by the Federal Minister for Health, Peter Dutton. The CRE will aim to particularly benefit rural and remote patients and Indigenous communities. See at:
Telehealth in General Practice: Research Project to Commence
The RACGP Foundation has given a grant to Victoria Wade, Nigel Stocks and Oliver Frank at the Discipline of General Practice at the University of Adelaide, for a project called ‘From Recipients to Participants’. We will be looking at how a multi-level software platform (eCare) can enhance patient engagement and be used for home telehealth in a suburban general practice setting. Watch this space!
Wearable Health Technology:
Are We There Yet?

In the last TWIT, I put in a link about wearable technology. The next question is how can this data be made useful in healthcare? This would seem to be the major issue, as, for example, the Apple iPhone 6 has a Health Centre, but the way this data might link up with healthcare providers is still to be worked out. Here is an article about why doctors are not falling over themselves to link up with this data.
Telehealth Vendors Should Add Value not Lock-In
Here are some thoughts from the organisational IT point of view, suggesting that one of the main challenges to the widespread use of telehealth is ‘vendor lock’ which stymies interoperability and innovation, and that what is needed is ‘vendor agnostic’ platforms and services:

Academic Corner:

‘The Empirical Foundations of Telemedicine Interventions for Chronic Disease Management’

This article featured in the Telemedicine and eHealth Journal is available free until the 10th October. It is a new review summarising the evidence for telehealth in the management of congestive heart failure, stroke and chronic obstructive lung disease. Benefits of telehealth included reductions in mortality, hospital admissions and emergency department visits.

Further news items:
QLD MPs push for faster NBN rollout to remote areas
Read the full report.

NZ Telehealth demonstration project extended to next year

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