A call to arms for telehealth

The New Zealand Telehealth Forum and Health Informatics New Zealand are holding a one-day symposium in Auckland next week to develop an action plan for the forum's role of promoting the use of telehealth and maximise the benefits of the NZ's broadband program.

Telehealth – a call to arms is being held at the Tamaki campus of the University of Auckland on Wednesday, February 22.

The symposium will present international and national views on how NZ can target better health outcomes through the use of telehealth. It will cover progress and opportunities in telemonitoring and home monitoring services, especially for those with long-term conditions, and how New Zealanders are benefiting from videoconferencing services in the North and South Islands.

International presenters include Richard Wootton, founding editor of the Journal of Telecare and director of research at the Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine and Integrated Care in Tromso. Professor Wootton spent a decade at the University of Queensland researching telemedicine.

Other speakers include Stanton Newman, professor of health psychology and dean of the School of Health Sciences at City University, London, and principal investigator on the Whole Systems Demonstrator Project, which is evaluating the role of assistive technologies in health and social care; and Anthony Smith, deputy director and associate professor at the Centre for Online Health at the University of Queensland. He is also an executive committee member for the Australasian Telehealth Society.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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