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This Week in Telehealth Number 31 March 10th 2015
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Well Deserved Recognition for ATHS Members
Anthony Maeder, Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Western Sydney, staunch supporter of telehealth, and previous committee member of ATHS, has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Chair Fullbright Scholarship to work on mobile applications for health promotion, which he points out are one aspect of the broader field of telehealth.
Professor Len Grey, Director of the Centre for Online Health at the University of Queensland received the 2014 Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Senior Research Excellence Award.
Anthony Smith, A/Prof and Deputy Director of the Centre for Online Health, was recently awarded an Adjunct Professor of Telemedicine appointment at the University of Southern Denmark, which will involve shared PhD student supervision; presenting lectures on telemedicine; and establishing joint research projects between Australia and Denmark.  Anthony plans to visit the SDU annually and looks forward to sharing his experience.
Congratulations to the three of you!
Upcoming Conferences
Australian Telehealth Conference (ATC-15). This conference is presented by the Health Informatics Society of Australia and will be in Sydney on the 23-24 April 2015, at the Swissotel Hotel, 68 Market St, Sydney. I (TWIT editor) will be chairing a session on the 24th called "The uberfication of healthcare: the business case for digital disruption." Hope to see you there! Register here.

Global Telehealth (GT2015) will be held May 29-30 in Toronto, Canada, hosted by COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association. The theme is Serving the Underserved: Integrating Technology & Information for Better HealthCare. Register here.

Met-e-Tel, the Conference of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) will be held in Luxembourg on the 22-24 April 2015; includes workshops, demonstrations and interactive panel discussions. To see more click here.

Smart Healthcare: Transforming How We Manage Health. HIMSS Asia Pacific conference 6-10 September 2015 in Singapore. ATHS members will get a 10% discount on this conference as we are a supporting organisation. To see more click here.

 
Article of the Week
Fatehi F, Armfield N, Dimitrijevic M, and Gray L. "Technical aspects of clinical videoconferencing: a large scale review of the literature." Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare (2015): 1357633X15571999.  This recently published review from our colleagues at the Centre for Online Health looks at the technical characteristics of the systems used for clinical video communication; something that has not been well reported up to now. You can access the review via this link.
New Journal Looks for Founding Editor-in-Chief
The Coalition for Technology in the Behavioural Sciences (CTiBS) is starting a new peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Technology in Behavioural Sciences, and is looking for a founding Editor-in-Chief. Being EiC is a lot of work, as I have recently discovered, but this would be a very rewarding challenge to the ideal candidate who could be from a variety of professional backgrounds including behavioral sciences, healthcare, and/or technology, and who should possess a future-oriented, transdisciplinary vision of research, practice and training. For a pdf containing more information, a job description and application details click here.
 
News from New Zealand
The New Zealand Telehealth Forum welcomes the New Zealand Medical Council becoming actively engaged in developing guidelines for the best use of telemedicine, and notes the positive growth in this area across New Zealand. To see the statement click here.
News from Victoria
The Victorian Department of Health has started a newsletter, called Telehealth News, which gives updates of current projects, relevant research and new resources for developing telehealth models of care. You can subscribe by emailing telehealth@health.vic.gov.au
 
International Society Seeks Info on eHealth Start-ups
The International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH), of which we are a member, is seeking information on m/eHealth Start-ups. If you are or know of such a company, send contact details to info@isfteh.org
 
Amusing Corner
Telemedicine has made it into political satire; see the last 5 mins of the Mad As Hell episode which was broadcast on ABC-TV on the 25th February; I particularly liked the doctor trying to use the computer mouse as a microphone. You can access the episode via ABCs iview service or click here 
 
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