ATC 2015 to explore the uberfication of healthcare

Technologists and clinicians will demonstrate how technology is reinventing the house call through the “uberfication” of healthcare at the Australian Telehealth Conference 2015 (ATC 2015), being held in Sydney in February.

The conference, which has the theme of integrating care: bringing health services and people together through telehealth, will feature a number of practical demonstrations of existing and emerging technology in the fields of home-care delivery, mental health and consumer tech and wellness management.

Organised by the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), the Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), the Australasian Telehealth Society (ATS), the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the conference will open with an address by conference chair Gary Morgan and a short speech by health minister Peter Dutton.

Speakers include eHealth NSW chief clinical information officer John Lambert on the role of telehealth in NSW; and Martin Seers, director of Homecare Medical in New Zealand, on how telehealth can integrate and support mainstream care delivery.

The use of telehealth in allied health and nursing will feature on the first day, while Catherine Daley, CEO of integratedliving Australia, will discuss the successful enhanced aged care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians project her organisation is running in Queensland and NSW, on the second day.

There will also be a session on state-based telemedicine approaches, including NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as a presentation by the University of Queensland's Bruce Chater on bridging the divide between state systems and MBS arrangements for telehealth.

Another will involve a number of CEOs and researchers discussing how to use new technologies to make mental healthcare more accessible.

The final day will feature the “uberfication” of healthcare session, which will include technologists and doctors demonstrating their technology.

The last session will involve TED-style 10 to 15-minute presentations on consumer tech and wellness management.

ATC 2015 is being held in Sydney from February 22 to 24, 2015.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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