ATHS - This Week in Telehealth #95 - 2 March 2020
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This Week in Telehealth
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SFT-2020 is looking for Abstracts.

The scientific committee encourages submissions relating to the clinical use of telehealth across a range of settings including public and private hospitals, general practice, residential aged care facilities, in the home and within Indigenous communities. The committee is very keen to receive submissions that report on failures (or challenges) as well as successful telehealth experiences. In addition, abstracts which focus on the future of telehealth – and lessons learnt over the last 20 years will also be of interest.

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2020 vision: What's ahead for health IT this year and beyond

As a new year and new decade dawn, the health IT industry looks toward a bright future. Having learned valuable lessons (what to do, what not to do) from the transformative 10 years just past – and gained invaluable practical experience along the way – health systems now hope to build big on the momentum they've gathered.

With the IT infrastructure in place and data – lots of it – flowing freely (if still not always as easily and readily as it should) health organizations of all types are now putting it to work in new and exciting ways: to boost quality, lower costs, widen access and meet the imperatives of value-based reimbursement. Here's a look ahead at the priorities and strategies of providers, vendors, payers and patients, in 2020 and beyond.

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It Came From Outside – 5 Great Examples of Technologies from Outside of Healthcare

Disruptive technologies are by definition innovations that challenge the status quo of established markets. In healthcare, “disruptive” has become an omnipresent adjective with the advent of digital health. We’ve come across smart forks, a smartwatch with a built-in blood pressure monitor, a ring that tracks your sleep, among many devices which show how technology can help people become more health-conscious and make more informed decisions at home. 

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Consultation open: draft National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards

The Australian Government Department of Health (the Department) has contracted the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) to develop National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health (NSQDMH) Standards.

The development of the NSQDMH Standards is a significant first step in providing safety and quality assurance for digital mental health service users, and best practice guidance for service providers and developers.

The Commission defines a digital mental health service as a mental health, suicide prevention, or alcohol and other drugs service that uses technology to facilitate engagement and the delivery of care.

The draft NSQDMH Standards are now available on the Commission’s website for public consultation.

To support the consultation process, the Commission is holding a series of webinars and public forums in March-April 2020 in all capital cities and three regional locations. These forums will be facilitated by Dr Peggy Brown AO, Senior Clinical Advisor, and will give stakeholders a chance to discuss the draft NSQDMH Standards, provide feedback and ask questions of the project team.

The Commission invites consumers and carers, clinicians, service providers, and all stakeholders wishing to attend a forum or webinar to register their interest.

Download the draft NSQDMH Standards and register for a forum or webinar at

Your input during the consultation process will inform the final draft of the NSQDMH Standards the Commission provides to the Department for approval in June 2020.

For further information please contact:
       Ben Prest
       Senior Project Officer

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