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Sen Conroy’s significant statement on telehealth

NBN in new $20.6M telehealth initiative

Briitish report says learn from USA’s Veterans Administration

NSW telehealth trial halves hospital admissions

Lack of interoperability limiting Australian telehealth uptake

ACRRM launches Australian Telehealth providers’ directory

Boston Childrens Hospital sends kids home with their own robot

US FCC Chairman calls for widespread broadband for healthcare

NEHTA opens doors to Model Health Community

British PM announces major telehealth rollout

NBN to provide in-home healthcare

Asia-Pacific m-Health market to reach $7Billion by 2017

Telstra launches bundled telehealth for rural & regional patients

Queensland nursing homes switch on to telehealth

Australian Dept of Health & Ageing announces Telehealth Support Grants

NBN’s benefits “not being sold properly”

Victorian Government invests in telehealth

Telehealth burns initiator named as WA’s Nurse of the Year

Australian local government urged to share NBN telehealth learnings

Early stats from telehealth Medicare item revealed

NBN announces 12-month rollout plan

Victorian doctors sign on for videoconferencing

Queensland Health announced as major telehealth conference sponsor

Queensland Health has been announced a Principal Sponsor of Successes and Failures in Telehealth, the second annual meeting of the Australasian Telehealth Society. ATHS and the University of Queensland welcome this support from a very significant player in the hisory of Telehealth in Australia.

Australian researchers developing remote testing of ear implants

Pakistan sets up telemedicine network to alleviate flood aftermath

New coalition for telehealth to underserved populations

Telehealth simulation lab launches at University of Western Sydney

Tunstall to acquire major US healthcare corporation

World telehealth market to reach $6.28 billion by 2020

NSW commits to new telehealth centre at Nepean Hospital

Australian Government releases telehealth standards & guidelines papers

Roxon unveils eHealth (including telehealth) plan

Call for hard figures on NBN health benefits

Australian Government appoints e-mental health advisory group

Queensland telepaediatrics project wins innovation award

Flying Doctors warn NBN coverage not good enough

Telehealth for men launched in rural South Australia

Libs etch telehealth as NBN battleground

Australian Parliamentary Committee releases NBN report

The Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications has released the report on its Inquiry into the role and potential of the National Broadband Network. The submission of the Australasian Telehealth Society is extensively quoted throughout the report. Our submission is also quoted in the dissenting report. The full report can be downloaded from the Inquiry website.

ACRRM launches Telehealth Advisory Committee

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has set up a National TeleHealth Advisory Committee (ATHAC) with funding from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. Most of the major medical colleges are represented on the Committee, with ATHS being represented by its Honorary Secretary (Laurie Wilson). ATHS Vice President Anthony Maeder also attends in his role as Chair of Standards Australia Telehealth Subcommittee IT014-12. ATHAC’s objective is to devise a framework for Telehealth Standards. More information will be available from the ACRRM web site .

UK Dept of Health to run world’s largest randomised clinical trial

BT to link up “digital” Fiona Stanley Hospital

Accenture-led consortium reported to have won PCEHR contract

Australian study finds benefits of telehealth & telecare in aged care

eHealth gets $75M boost from Nicola Roxon

ATHS President wins prestigious iAward


A research project helping to save the eyesight of people in the rural and remote areas of Australia has won the top prize at the 2011 national iAwards, the information and communications technology (ICT) industry’s peak awards event held in Melbourne last week. The project, called Remote-i, took out the Victorian Government Inspiration Award.

As part of this work, we have developed a low cost, high quality eye screening system that gets around the problem of specialists travelling to the bush or patients trekking to the city.

This ophthalmology technology team led by Dr. Yogi Kanagasingam is part of CSIRO’s Health Services activity. Remote-i is already helping people in WA’s Pilbara region and is a prime example of the technologies that are possible once Australia has a broadband network. More information at .

RACGP releases telehealth videoconferencing guidelines

Australian health IT spending tipped to reach $2.1billion

ATHS featured in ABC radio’s “Australia Talks”

iRobot, InTouch Health join forces

RACGP consults with major vendors on telehealth standards

Australian Medical Board releases tech consult guidelines

AARNet to roll out Telepresence Exchange

Western Australia commits $36.5M to telehealth

Allied health workers demand Medicare telehealth rebate

NASA project to benefit tele-ultrasound

Virtual rehab clinic to help patients in rural Australia

Telehealth handout could become new “pink batts” scandal

Rural Australia welcomes telehealth initiative

IBM releases report on future connected health services

Gillard, Roxon to test-drive telehealth system

Northern NSW to trial home telehealth

Medibank announces deal with US telehealth providor

Google Health to shut down

How the NBN will change Australian healthcare

LA Childrens Hospital pioneers robotic NICU telemedicine

CSC report highlights telemedicine as “essential technology for reformed healthcare”

WHO releases report on mHealth

New Zealand Telehealth Forum formed

Telehealth fees unveiled

Australian specialists paid to embrace telehealth

RACGP committed to supporting telehealth in General Practice

Queensland eHealth highlighted at CeBIT

NZ telehealth trial improves quality of life

Success in Australian telehealth trial

Local GP group bags telehealth funding

Australian telehealth funding model criticised

$216.3M extra federal funding for Australian telehealth

Cell phones saving lives in Tanzania

Work needed for Microsoft-Skype deal to fulfil healthcare potential

$120.5M in Australian Federal budget for telehealth

Australian Government urged to expand Medicare rebates for telehealth

Global telemedicine market to grow to $23billion by 2015

Northern Territory allocates $6.6M to telehealth

Australian home telehealth market to more than triple by 2017

Australian telehealth highlighted at ATA International Forum

Business Wire highlights New Zealand telecare technologies

Australia to roll out new 24-hour medical hotline

SmartPersonalHealth report highlights interoperability

ATA announces 2011 Award recipients

New study identifies top m-health business models

Telehealth should target “grey nomads”

Cisco survey finds telehealth has greatest potential to improve healthcare

CSC in iSoft buyout

Wall Street Journal highlights mobile healthcare

Study finds telehealth lowers ICU mortality and length of stay

Australian Government announces nine new PCEHR sites

iSoft trading halt extended – talk of company sale

Doubts expressed over latency in NBN’s wirelss links

Michael Dell, Nicola Roxon talk e-health

Health information technology ‘control tower’ could improve earthquake response

Conversation with virtual partner may benefit adults with autism

Body-to-body communications – a new paradigm for mobile healthcare?

HP moves into telehealth with new products

Oakeshott to chair new Parliamentary Inquiry into the NBN

A new Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into the NBN has been announced, with independent MP Rob Oakeshott as its chair. This will be a joint committee of both houses of Parliament with more sweeping powers than the previously announced inquiry by the House Infrastructure committee. More details about the new inquiry can be found here, while the home page of the former inquiry (to which the ATHS made a submission) is to be found here.


Philippines to fast-track national telehealth project

NSW ambos trialling electronic health record

FDA clears first Radiology application for mobile devices

Telemed cart saves $540,000 in 7 months in Arizona, USA

Telehealth Technology Centre proposed for Nepean Hospital, Sydney

Peak health body calls for NBN rollout

WHO releases eHealth, telemedicine report on its member countries

Lessons and opportunities for telecoms in Queensland floods

Victoria extends rural telehealth trial

NZ rethink on broad band telehealth

China launches world’s largest remote monitoring project

Telehealth featured in new CSIRO/NICTA Broadband Innovation Centre

$55M funding spurs progress on personal health records

Conroy announces $4M for NSW Telehealth trial

Roxon announces iPhone App for telehealth

Bill Gates highlights role of mobile phones in saving children’s lives

Australasian Telehealth Society represented at eHealth Summit

The Australian Department of Health and Ageing has announced an “eHealth Conference” later this month to discuss the rollout of the Governments eHealth policy. The Australasian Telehealth Society will be represented by its President, Yogi Kanagasingam. The full program can be found here.

Global Telehealth 2010 a great success

Australian Government announces extra $400 million for telehealth

Social networking can improve healthcare and lower costs

ATHS President elected to International Society Board

The Australasian Telehealth Society is pleased to announce that its President (Prof Yogesan “Yogi” Kanagasingam) has been elected to the board of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH). Thiis appointment will be confirmed and will commence at the 15th International ISfTeH Meeting (Global Telehealth 2010) to be held in Perth, Western Australia from10 to 12 November 2010.

Report predicts shakeup in telehealth market

NEHTA publishes health identifier plan

Blackberry-based telehealth system launched in UK

Android app for heart monitoring demonstrated

Further analysis shows eICUs are cost-effective

GT2010 Conference program announced

Google Health redesign announced

$83 million paid to Australian doctors for non-existent messaging service

McGill University (Canada) pioneers remote anaesthesia

International Virtual eHospital announces Albanian initiative

A pill that sends text messages