Scottish Telehealth and Telecare Week – October 28 to November 1 2013

A WEEK of events showcasing  the innovative and valuable work of telehealth and telecare will take place in Scotland next month (October) and will feature key presentations from the Scottish dallas project, Living it Up.

The Scottish Telehealth and Telecare Week, which runs from October 28 to November 1, is being organised by the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT) and the Scottish Government’s Joint Improvement Team (JIT) with involvement from telehealth and telecare organisations from around the world.

The week commences with the formal launch of Scotland’s new innovation centre for   digital health, the Digital Health Institute (DHI) on October 28. The Digital Health Institute is a collaboration between Scotland’s leading academic institutions, the public sector and industry, to foster innovation, generate economic growth as well as delivering innovative services and products to benefit the people of Scotland.

The inaugural European Telemedicine Conference, on October 29 and 30, will focus on all aspects of telemedicine – telehealth, telecare, e-health and m-health.. The event is being organised by SCTT and Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Europe and will feature experts in telemedicine from the USA, Spain, Norway as well as the UK. The Scottish conference sessions will focus on technologies that support an individual throughout their life stages – childhood, midlife and older age and will feature a key presentation from the Scottish dallas project, Living it Up.

Day Two of the conference will feature a European Innovation Showcase with live demonstrations of emerging health, care and mobile technologies. It will also incorporate a series of panel debates on innovation as well as ‘Dragon’s Den’ style   sessions which offer SMEs and start-ups the opportunity to pitch their new ideas to a panel of industry leaders including IBM, Samsung, Deutche Telekom and Atos.

An event for members of the public, including carers, is being held on Thursday 31st October at Hampden Football Stadium in Glasgow. This event will help raise awareness of new developments and enable participants to try out available technologies.  The Living it Up project will also be making a key presentation at this event.

SCTT’s Medical Director Professor George Crooks said: “We are very proud of the progress we have made in Scotland in implementing at-scale telehealth and telecare services.  This has been achieved through a strong strategic commitment from the Scottish Government, NHS Boards, local authorities, third sector and industry partners to delivering on this important agenda.

“We are therefore delighted to be host country for this inaugural European Telemedicine Conference which will showcase best practice in telehealth and telecare from across Europe. We would encourage health, care and housing providers involved in telehealth and telecare in Scotland to get involved in the Scottish Telehealth and Telecare Week to help highlight the excellent work going on that is delivering real benefits to people in this country.”

For further information and to register for the conference and showcase programme, please visit

For more information on the Scottish Telehealth and Telecare Week, visit the SCTT Facebook page or the JIT website

£2.8m scheme for better health care at home


TWO multi-million, technological health pro- grammes have been launched officially to help deliver better healthcare in people’s homes.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil MSP unveiled the two Telehealth and Telecare programmes, worth £2.8million, when he visited an East Ayrshire monitoring station within the council.

The programmes are being jointly funded by the European Commission and the Scottish Government and are part of the Digital Health and Care Innova-tion Partnership aimed at using new technologies to support people with disabilities and/or health conditions in their homes or communities.

Mr Neil said: “These projects are a fantastic example of how using innovative technologies as part of effective service redesign can enable people to be treated as close to home as possible and reduce the need for hospital admissions.

“Scotland has already made significant pro-gress on developing and expanding new technologies, and by delivering these two projects across the same geographical area will enable us to expand even further the role technology plays in supporting 21st century healthcare.”

Called United4Health and SmartCare, the three-year programmes will operate within seven local health and care partnerships across Ayrshire & Arran, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Clyde Valley.

The United4Health programme will give patients living with diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or heart failure a central role in the management of their condition through home-based mon- itoring of the patient’s health and wellbeing.

The SmartCare programme will link service provision across health, social care, family, informal carers and the voluntary sector but using technology to support the health, care and wellbeing for the over 50s with a specific focus on falls prevention and dementia care.

Full article here

Smartphone Technology Acceptable for Telemedicine, Mayo Clinic Study Confirms

Monday, October 01, 2012

PHOENIX — A new Mayo Clinic study confirms the use of smartphones medical images to evaluate stroke patients in remote locations through telemedicine. The study, the first to test the effectiveness of smartphone teleradiology applications in a real-world telestroke network, was recently published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association.


“Essentially what this means is that telemedicine can fit in our pockets,” says Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., professor of Neurology, and medical director of Mayo Clinic Telestroke. “For patients this means access to expertise in a timely fashion when they need it most, no matter what emergency room they may find themselves.”


Click here for a video of Dr. Demaerschalk talking about the study.


Mayo Clinic was the first medical center in Arizona to do pioneering clinical research to study telemedicine to serve patients with stroke in non-urban settings. Today, Mayo Clinic is the hub in a network of 12 other spoke centers, all but one in Arizona. In telestroke care, the use of telemedicine platforms or robots located in a rural hospital lets a stroke patient be seen in real time by a neurology specialist who typically is working from a desktop or laptop computer in Phoenix. The Mayo Clinic stroke neurologist, whose face appears on a computer screen, consults with emergency room physicians at the rural sites and evaluates the patient.


Patients showing signs of stroke can be examined by the neurologist who can also view scans of the patient’s brain to detect possible damage from a hemorrhage or blocked artery. If necessary patients can be administered clot-busting medications within the narrow window of time necessary to minimize permanent injury to the brain.The study compared the quality of medical images using a particular smartphone application to the same types of information and images typically viewed via desktop computers. Mayo Clinic neurologists worked with emergency physicians and radiologists at Yuma Regional Medical Center to compare brain scan images from 53 patients who came to that medical center with stroke.


The scans were reviewed by radiologists in Yuma and a separate adjudication panel of stroke neurologists to determine the level of agreement between these traditional interpretation routes and new images and scans on smartphones interpreted by telestroke doctors. The study shows there was a high level of agreement (92 to 100 percent) among all the reviewers over the most important radiological features.


“Smartphones are ubiquitous, they are everywhere,” Dr. Demaerschalk says. “If we can transmit health information securely and simultaneously use the video conferencing capabilities for clinical assessments, we can have telemedicine anywhere, which is essential in a state like Arizona where more than 40 percent of the population doesn’t have access to immediate neurologic care.”


The study was funded by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the technology and technical assistance was provided by Calgary Scientific, the maker of ResolutionMD.


The Mayo Clinic Telestroke Network includes hospitals in Kingman, Flagstaff, Parker, Cottonwood, Show Low, Globe, Yuma, Bisbee, Casa Grande, Tuba City and Phoenix, all in Arizona; and a hospital in St. Joseph, Mo. To date, more than 1,000 emergency consultations have taken place for stroke between Mayo Clinic stroke neurologists and physicians at the spoke centers. Such comprehensive evaluation techniques lead to appropriate life-saving treatment for stroke, and have resulted in significant cost reductions by not requiring ground or air ambulance transfer of the patient to another medical center.

Telehealth initiative a success in WA: RACGP

The scheme offers GPs a one-off payment of $6000 to provide their first telehealth consultation to patients

Australia’s peak body of general practitioners (GPs) has given the Federal Government a pat on the back following the implementation of its telehealth incentive scheme last July, labelling the project a success in Western Australia.

The scheme, which operates under the government’s $620 million telehealth initiative, offers GPs who provide videolink consultations to patients in remote areas a $6000 one-off incentive payment to provide their first telehealth consultation to patients. The scheme also provides Medicare rebates to both city specialists and healthcare professionals who are physically with their patients during consultations.

To encourage bulk billing for services, the scheme also offers practitioners an extra $20 for each videolink service charged in that manner for the 12 months from 1 July.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) said the initiative has broken down distance and cost barriers for rural and remote patients and enabled them access to a greater range of subsidised consultations.

RACGP WA Faculty Chair, Associate Professor Frank Jones, said video consultations and short message services (SMS) were integral to making healthcare accessible to all Australians.

“Western Australia’s vast geographical area lends itself to wide population dispersion, with a large proportion of the community residing outside of major metropolitan hubs,” Jones said in a statement. “Patients who previously had to drive hundreds of kilometres to receive healthcare, can now ‘see’ their doctor via video conference from the convenience of their own home.”

However, RACGP Telehealth Standards Taskforce chairman, Dr Mike Civil, said the full range of telehealth benefits have not yet been realised, along with opportunities for telehealth to expand into aged care facilities and into the homes of those living with disabilities.

“For many members of the community, including the elderly and disabled, travelling large distances to receive healthcare is not always an option,” Civil said in a statement. “This also goes both ways, with GPs not always able to complete regular home or community visits when time and resources are limited.”

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International Telehealth and Telecare Congress – Free to attend virtual conference

Organised by The King’s Fund and the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC), this annual event brings together key speakers from around the world to showcase innovations and best practice in the deployment of telehealth and telecare. In addition to the physical three day congress in London we are also running this congress as a virtual event in order to share learning on a larger scale.


The congress will feature results and learning from the UK Whole System Demonstrator programme (the largest radomised controlled trial of telehealth and telecare in the world), and UK and international case studies, providing you with insight and best practice into the use of telehealth and telecare.


This virtual event will allow you to watch all of the main plenary presentations live; visit exhibition stands and watch videos, download brochures and chat live online to stand staff; visit and chat online to other participants in the networking lounge; and download resources from the resource centre.


How the virtual event works


Congress lobby

Once you log in, you’ll find yourself in the congress lobby where a video greeting will welcome you. Clearly marked entry points will point you to the various show locations, Exhibition Hall, Auditorium etc. Along the top of the screen is the Navigation bar for quick access to area locations.


Exhibition Hall

“Walk” through our stands in the 3-D exhibition hall. You can move to the left and right in the hall by moving your mouse accordingly. There is also a text based exhibitor directory for those wanting to get to a stand quickly. Hovering over a stand will display more information about the company, while clicking on it will take you right into the booth.


Exhibition Stand

Just like a real stand, exhibitors set up their stand with company and product literature, videos and more. Stands are staffed with company representatives to answer your questions online.



Visit the auditorium to watch all the main plenary presentations live. You can also submit questions for presenters during the live sessions online and via Twitter. If you miss any of the live presentations you can catch up with these in the auditorium.


Network Lounge

Engage in an ongoing group chat among other delegates or participate in scheduled group chats for focused discussions on specific topics. Use the message box to exchange emails or V-Cards with other attendees, and invite them for one-on-one chats.


Resource Centre

Find all the downloadable content here – static information such as case studies or white papers in addition to webcasts or any other presentations. Use the search functions to quickly find information by topic/type. You can view while you’re here or save to your briefcase to view later.


My preferences

After logging in, we recommend setting up your profile, avatar etc. (My preferences on right side of the congress lobby navigation bar) to share information about yourself with other attendees via your V-card. Your profile is a great tool to introduce yourself so be sure to take advantage of this networking tool. This is also where you can set your avatar, privacy options and change your password.


Congress format


Day one: Pre-congress seminar: Evaluating telehealth and telecare projects

Tuesday 6 March 2012


Day two: Telehealth Congress

Wednesday 7 March 2012


Day two: Telecare and Whole System Demonstrator Congress

Thursday 8 March 2012

Get more details and register for the International Telehealth and Telecare Congress HERE



From India, the $1 Doctor’s ‘Visit’

January 10, 2012, 8:02 am

From India, the $1 Doctor’s ‘Visit’

A patient at the Chennai Telemedicine center consults a doctor via video conferencing.
Healthnet Global
A patient at the Chennai Telemedicine center consults a doctor via video conferencing.

A private hospital, a for-profit microfinance company and an information technology company have joined forces to attempt what state and local governments have struggled to do for decades – bring quality, affordable medical treatment to India’s hundreds of millions of poor people.

Apollo Hospitals, Equitas and HealthNet Global are setting up “telemedicine centers” in Equitas’s 300 offices, mostly in urban slums, which will be staffed by nurses and stocked with medical testing equipment and a laptop with video conferencing.

Women who take loans through Equitas and their families (about 8 million people, the companies estimate) can schedule a doctor’s “visit” at the center, and consult with an Apollo doctor by video about symptoms and care. The nurse will measure vital signs like blood pressure and heartbeat, through equipment that transmits readings directly to the doctor and into a patient’s computerized medical file.

Total cost to the patient: 50 rupees, or about 96 U.S. cents.

The project started in December, and so far there are just three telemedicine centers set up in Equitas offices. The companies involved don’t make a profit. But Rahul Thapan, global head of sales and marketing at HealthNet, said the companies hope to expand the project far beyond Equitas customers in the future.

“We are looking at different types of audiences here, at elderly people who may not be able to afford health care, for example, and there is a huge potential to go into semi-urban and rural areas, as well,” Mr. Thapan said.

Separately, Apollo and HealthNet have started a for-profit virtual doctors’ visit business with telecommunication companies Aircel and Idea Cellular. Some customers of these telecom providers can schedule a virtual doctor’s appointment, in which a paramedics with a laptop and medical testing equipment come to their home. The patient is connected via video conferencing to the doctor. The cost of these visits varies according to the tests done, but starts at about 300 rupees ($5.74).

Report from

Telehealth Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) report – implications for the future of healthcare

Telehealth Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) report – implications for the future of healthcare

Ivan McConnell gives his view on the implications of the Telehealth Whole Systems Demonstrator report for the future of healthcare.





Telehealth Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) report – implications for the future of healthcare

Telehealth Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) report – implications for the future of healthcare

George MacGinnis gives his view on the implications of the Telehealth Whole Systems Demonstrator report for the future of healthcare