Madden, Fleming and Hambleton to headline RMA panel

The Department of Health's Paul Madden and NEHTA's Peter Fleming and Steve Hambleton have been confirmed as participants on a special eHealth panel taking place at the Rural Medicine Australia (RMA 2014) conference in Sydney at the end of October.

Mr Madden will outline the main findings from the round of consultations held by DoH in August and September on the recommendations of the Royle review into the PCEHR. Mr Fleming will provide an update on moves to add pathology and diagnostic imaging reports to the PCEHR, and Dr Hambleton will discuss clinical involvement in the system.

The panel session is being held on Friday, October 31 at RMA 2014, the annual joint conference of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA).

ACRRM past president Jeff Ayton and RDAA's Ewen McPhee will also take part in the session. It will be preceded by a demonstration from Dr McPhee on how he uses the PCEHR in rural general practice.

Following the panel session, representatives from state and territory health departments will outline eHealth and telehealth programs and achievements in each state to provide a “whole of health sector” view of eHealth and telehealth progress.

The topic of telehealth and its growing application will also be a major point of discussion at the conference.

Dr Ayton and ACRRM president Richard Murray will lead a telehealth session that will include Shannon Nott, a registrar at Orange Health Service in NSW who was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research the role of telehealth in delivering care to remote indigenous communities.

Professor Murray said ACRRM continued to support the delivery and expansion of telehealth as it allows for much-needed services to be delivered at a local level by rural doctors.

“Mobile devices are increasingly important in the delivery of healthcare in rural areas and these technologies are helping to bridge the rural-city divide,” he said.

“They give rural doctors more scope to share knowledge with colleagues and provide diagnosis from remote locations.

"It's important for the future of rural medicine and rural communities that as technology advances, so does the interest of rural doctors to ride the telehealth wave.”

The second annual Just A Minute Instant Tutorial (JAMIT) competition is also being held. The competition asks entrants to create short videos on any subject relevant to rural general practice and rural medicine.

RMA 2014 is being held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney from October 30 to November 1. Registrations are now open.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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