Australasian Telehealth Society
ATHS This Week in Telehealth Number 9 - 20th September 2013

SFT-13 Conference Update – Free ATHS membership.
We are pleased to announce that each person who takes out a full registration to SFT is eligible for FREE membership of the Australasian Telehealth Society. To receive this membership you will need to register, and ATHS will be operating a sign-up booth at the conference, so come and meet us there.
Conference Dates: Brisbane 11-12 November Early bird registration is still available until the 30 September. Take advantage of the reduced rate and save $110 on the full cost. Register here:

TGA Statement Regulating Medical Software and Mobile Apps
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released a statement on the 13th September about the regulation of medical software and mobile health applications. It explains which medical software is actually considered a medical device and therefore subject to TGA regulation. This is obviously a huge issue because hundreds of new apps are produced every week. It is worth noting that video communication is not, on its own, a medical device. See at:
RACP Telehealth Resources
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has a range of resources about telehealth on its website In particular, I want to draw your attention to their articles with more meaty content, which have been published in their Internal Medicine Journal, namely “Are my patients suitable for telehealth” and “The rewards and challenges of telehealth”. These can be viewed at:
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Telehealth
Look at this letter to the editor in the BMJ by Anthony Smith which gives three examples of how specialists and home nursing services can save carbon emissions by reducing patient and health care provider travel.
Addendum to Above: Reduce your OH&S Risk with Telehealth
There are other benefits from using telehealth to reduce the number of kilometres travelled. The main one is reducing motor vehicle accidents; the number of fatalities and injuries per distance travelled is a known figure, collated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, so the reduction in risk for both healthcare staff and patients can be quantified. For any large organisation in which staff do a great deal of rural driving, this risk reduction is worthwhile considering.
ACRRM Telehealth and e-Health Competition
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine is challenging healthcare professionals and/or organisations to produce a 60 second video demonstrating a telehealth or e-health tip that assists rural practitioners. Winners announced and prizes awarded at their annual Rural Medicine Conference in Cairns 31 Oct – 2 Nov. This conference will have telehealth content including Dr Victoria Wade speaking on the sustainability of telehealth services.

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