The Australian Telehealth Conference (ATC 2015) held in Sydney last week was a resounding success with more than 200 delegates hearing the latest on health tech success and innovations, global trends and a shared vision of the digital health future. HISA thanks the many expert speakers who informed, entertained and enlightened us. Here are some snapshots of their insights and knowledge shared with an attentive audience:
“What we are doing is optimising health by using information and communications technologies in the form, location and at the time that best suits the needs of the patient. As 95% of what we do is change management, we need a clear road map of what’s involved.”
“Here in Australia, one million people find themselves in remote locations with a musculoskeletal injury, which needs urgent attention. An online application enables a diagnosis accuracy as good as that which may be achieved in face to face consultations.”
“An Australian mHealth application has been built which accurately describes what someone is going to eat from them simply taking a Smartphone photo of the food item….”
“The standards of information management are needed in telehealth as indeed they are throughout all aspects of healthcare, however delivered.”
“Self-care is a key new approach for moving forward into the challenges of the future and is a fundamental pillar of successful health reform.”
“Now we can buy most of the components of the telehealth set-up in local electronics stores, it’s about time we figured out how to manage the services.”
“Telehealth must be appropriately integrated into all healthcare services and to achieve this we need: Leadership; Infrastructure with guaranteed access; and well-designed programs which are simple and easy to use for both patients and clinicians.”
“We are about helping cancer survivors live in the community – providing people with better access to services while they can remain in their own homes. Creating sustainable change involves mHealth, health buddies and co-design so it all works well.”
“‘Staying strong‘ for older aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders – vital health sign readings have empowered participants to moderate behaviours, resulting in improved health and well-being. It is estimated that this project delivered services at around 40% of the costs of face to face services. Organisations are now exploring how the benefits of the telehealth projects can be incorporated effectively into mainstream healthcare.”
“‘A Virtual Practice to Every Doctor World-Wide by 2020’ – it’s about a care anytime and anywhere approach, which complements existing more traditional healthcare services. The delivery model harnesses the power of information, through linked communications channels, such that effective doctor and patient engagement is achieved.”
Check out the online conversation
See how ATC 2015 was captured on social media. Visit www.symplur.com and search for the hashtag #atc15.
Visit HERE for a full version and a transcript of all conference tweets.
HISA thanks the many valued sponsors who joined us with their innovative products and services and creative collaborations.
We would also like to thank the five organisations who collaborated with HISA to bring you ATC 2015;
- the Allied Health Professions Australia
- the Australasian Telehealth Society
- the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
- the Health Information Management Association of Australia
- the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners