ATHS This Week in Telehealth Number 21 - July 15, 2014
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SFT-14 News

I hope everyone has now put in their abstracts.  I have been told that a large number have been submitted, and this augers well for a great conference in November.

If you have a great product that you want to promote, consider becoming a Sponsor or an Exhibitor at this conference, and get exposure to a large group of people who are clinicians, managers, academics and policy-makers in telehealth and e-health. All sponsors and exhibitors will have an opportunity to give a short presentation to the attendees early in the conference, to show your wares and encourage them to visit your exhibit.

Google and Apple want to be your doctor and that’s a good thing?
Here is a trend: many tech companies are trying to position themselves as all in one platforms for digital health, and have set up systems to collect and collate data from wearable gadgets for home telehealth and tracking. See these two links for some interesting discussion about the opportunities and drawbacks of this approach.
Here’s a hint: ‘A big proportion of health-tracker customers dump them in drawers or forget them in charging cradles after a few weeks or months.’
Editor’s thought: The missing part of this trend is linking these systems up to the clinicians and health care organisations.
The Art of Health: News from New Zealand
Here’s a model of remote treatment for chronic illness, particularly those difficult areas such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel. Click here to see how Kim Knight has been using Mickel Therapy which is a mind-body approach developed by Dr David Mickel in the UK in the 1990s, and is now being delivered by telehealth; 

Academic Corner
Natalie Bradford and her co-authors from the Centre for Online Health have a new publication 'Home telehealth and paediatric palliative care: clinician perceptions of what is stopping us?' See at:

Editor Selfie Post:

Tori Wade’s PhD What is needed for telehealth to deliver sustainable value to the routine operations of health care in Australia? has now been digitised and is available online from The University of Adelaide Library. All the publications are included, plus hitherto unavailable chapters on theory and methodology. Don’t overload the server in the rush to download! The permanent URL is:

American Medical Association New Policy for Telemedicine
The American Medical Association has brought out a set of recommendations for the Coverage of and Payment for Telemedicine, which can be viewed here:

In essence, this policy gives support for telemedicine from the largest medical professional group in the US, which is one more step towards recognising telehealth as a normal part of clinical practice.
News from one of our Corporate Members:

Tunstall telehealth receives APNA training accreditation

Tunstall Healthcare has recently received confirmation of APNA endorsement for its new ICP telehealth training program.
Tunstall Healthcare Clinical Services Manager Ruth Skinner-Smith said the successful accreditation was a recognised validation of the program’s quality offering.  â€˜Nurses may now claim up to 25 continuous professional development (CPD) hours from successful completion of our Tunstall telehealth training package, stated Ms Skinner-Smith.
‘Our modules teach participants how to coach and assist patients with equipment use and assimilation to regular vital sign interviews, familiarise them with patient triage software and management, and prepare them on scheduling and conducting patient follow-up appointments via video conference,’ Ms Skinner-Smith said.
For further information on Tunstall Healthcare’s telehealth solutions and nationally accredited APNA training packages visit or call 1800 611 528.  

Follow Tunstall Healthcare on Facebook and Twitter (@tunstallhcare).
Health Information Management Association Conference
HIMAA is holding its 31st Annual Conference in Darwin from the 7th – 9th October 2014. This association has been operating (under a few previous names) since 1949 (!!!). The rest of us are newbies by comparison. This conference has the theme of Driving the Information Highway and will feature clinical coding workshops, plus research presentations on models of practice and systems development. For further details view here:
(submissions close 28th July 2014)
3rd International Conference on Global Telehealth - GT2014
(to be held jointly with ICT4Health Conference 2014)
Durban, South Africa 10-11 November 2014

Integrated, Innovative, Scalable and Sustainable Solutions


Subtropical Durban, with its spectacular beaches, beautiful inland valleys and sugar country, blend of many cultures and cuisines, and a wide range of local tourist attractions to suit all tastes, is the host city for the 3rd Global Telehealth Conference, 10-11 November 2014.  The luxurious Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel complex located in a prime beachfront setting offers an inspiring location for the gathering of thought leaders and researchers, to share current work and discuss international trends in Telehealth and eHealth.


Telehealth, including Telemedicine and Telecare, has experienced rapid increase in adoption worldwide.  Deployment of new information and communications technologies, and enabling systems and infrastructure, offer many avenues for implementation of Telehealth solutions.  Widespread initiatives by public and private sector health providers along with government reimbursement and regulatory support are transforming formerly small scale activities into widely adopted solutions, improving access and quality of healthcare globally.  The Telehealth domain of interest covers a broad scope: from enabling direct clinical interventions and interactions by real-time or store-forward processes, to communicating and managing health information in electronic formats, to patient centred care needs such as personal monitoring and care team support, and to education, policy and professional aspects. Mainstream activities in healthcare systems internationally address these areas, and so this conference provides a platform for sharing of best practice and directions.  Telehealth is also acting as a major change driver in global health, particularly in resource constrained countries.  This is aided by the rapid uptake of leapfrog technologies such as mobile wireless communications, smart phones and tablet computers, and new models of healthcare delivery.  The conference will give emphasis to this sector and invites participation from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. 

Contributions are sought addressing current research and practice in Telehealth, including (but not limited to):
  •   clinical applications of telemedicine
  •   teleconsultation and telecollaboration
  •   teleprocedures and robotic surgical methods
  •   telecare and remote patient monitoring
  •   tele-education and clinical training
  •   evaluation and benefits of telehealth
  •   smart homes and assistive technologies
  •   mobile, web and wireless applications
  •   telehealth software and systems
  •   telehealth technologies and methodologies
  •   telehealth for rural or remote areas
  •   telehealth in resource limited settings
  •   telehealth policy and governance issues
  •   international trends and perspectives for telehealth

Original unpublished contributions in all fields of Telehealth (and closely related areas of eHealth) are invited.  These may be offered as Full Papers (maximum 8 pages or approx 4000 words, not previously published) subject to expert peer review by an international program committee of technical experts, or as Short Papers (maximum 2 pages or approx 1000 words) also subject to peer review.  It is intended that Full Papers will appear in a commercially published and indexed e-book in the IOS Press series “Studies in Health Technology and Informatics” and may selectively be considered for invited journal publication in an extended form. Short Papers will appear in separate proceedings to be distributed to delegates at the event.

Submissions must contain a clear statement of aims, methods, results and conclusions for the work reported.  Papers will be judged on originality, significance, technical quality, relevance to the conference, and presentation.  Submission of a Full Paper or Short Paper will imply an undertaking that, should it be accepted, at least one author will register and attend the conference to present the work. Submissions should be prepared in Word or LaTeX using the IOS Press book formatting instructions and style files available at   Papers should be sent by email as a pdf file of <4MB to and authors should complete the form with their submission and contact details at

Submission of Full and Short Papers:                         Monday 28 July 2014
Notification of acceptance to authors:                         Monday 18 August 2014
Camera-ready copy for proceedings:                         Monday 1 September 2014
Registration deadline (Authors & Early-bird)             Monday 1 September 2014

General Co-Chairs:               Prof Maurice Mars, University of KwaZulu-Natal & Prof Richard Scott, University of Calgary

Program Chair:                      Prof Anthony Maeder, University of Western Sydney
ICT4Health Liaison:               Jill Fortuin
Contact e-mail:            
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