Med-e-Tel is organized by the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH).
ISfTeH is the international federation of national telemedicine/eHealth associations, research institutions, care provider organizations, companies and individuals.
The ISfTeH network currently comprises members in 70 countries around the world. Its mission is to facilitate the sharing of information and experiences, to support networking among members, to expose potential synergies between member organizations and their activities, and enhance collaboration and partnerships, contributing to a more widespread and useful deployment of telemedicine and eHealth.
ISfTeH is recognized as an NGO in Official Relations with WHO (World Health Organization).
iACToR, the International Association of CyberPsychology, Training and Rehabilitation is an international non-profit association designed to promote Virtual Reality and other advanced technologies as adjuncts to more traditional forms of therapy, training, education, and rehabilitation. iACToR members address the urgent need to develop a "roadmap" for the future of this rapidly growing field.
Med-e-Tel works together with a distinguished academy of organizations, associations and institutions who are active in the fields of ehealth, telemedicine, and health ICT.
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CME - Continuing Medical Education
Med-e-Tel 2012 was accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) - www.uems.net.
Med-e-Tel 2012 was designated for a maximum of 17 hours of European external CME credits.
EACCME credits are recognized by the American Medical Association towards the Physician's Recognition Award (PRA).
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The eHealthNews.EU portal is a leading eHealth news web based platform with core competence and innovative strength in advancing the European eHealth industrial and research sectors, promoting awareness of the latest trends, achievements and technology in the field.
E-HEALTH-COM is an independent magazine for health telematics and telemedicine. It features current developments in the eHealth sector as well as technical specifications. E-HEALTH-COM keeps you up-to-date, covers important issues of the future, and offers an essential communications platform for the eHealth community.
Telemedicine and e-Health is now 10 issues per year! In addition to the usual high-caliber peer-reviewed papers, the Journal offers expanded coverage of medical connectivity, technology advances, telemedicine business, new products, and much more.
Published since 1986, MHW (previously Arab Health World - AHW) is a specialized business magazine that covers the latest advancements and technologies in the Medical, Laboratory, Pharmaceutical, and Nutrition sectors. It is circulated to the desktop of over 6,280 leading decision-maker engaged in the afore-mentioned sectors throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Published by CPH World Media.
Telecare Aware has been providing a specialised, free news and information service since 2005 to people interested in telecare and telehealth. Its purpose is to help keep everyone up to date with what is happening around the world. Sign up on the TelecareAware.com website to be alerted by e-mail each time that the news is updated, usually once or twice a week.
The Ukrainian Journal of Telemedicine and Medical Telematics is published by the Department of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine of Donetsk R&D Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedy. Main subjects of the journal are: telemedicine, medical telematics, medical and clinical computer science, IT in medical research and education, statistical research and simulation in medicine, medical cybernetics and medical equipment.
THIIS (The Homecare Industry Information Service) is used by all the pro-active companies in the UK homecare marketplace. A monthly magazine, weekly email bulletin and website keeps members up to date with news and views. THIIS is used by dealers, retailers, manufacturers and suppliers and has members in most European countries as well as many other countries around the world.
The Med-e-Tel media partnerships provide you with a look at a wide range of healthcare and medical journals, magazines and on-line news and information services that will help you to stay abreast of what is going on in the field of ehealth, telemedicine and healthcare IT and to make better informed decisions in your daily business or healthcare practice.
The Med-e-Tel 2012 conference saw the release of the first version of a new European Code of Practice for Telehealth Services. The Code offers the prospect of a quality standard that will guide telehealth service development and engender greater trust among stakeholders. The Draft Code is being tested this year in five EU countries before its final launch at Med-e-Tel in 2013.
What is distinctive about the Draft Code is its wide view of health and its clear intent that services should, wherever possible, give greater control and choice to patients and users. It adopts an approach that is applicable to people of all ages, addressing lifestyles and wellbeing as well as more clinical health agendas. Notable is the Draft Code's affirmation that services must move from 'those that have been delivered to patients'. Rather it promotes service delivery in ways that enable 'access by people who seek to use them'.
Following from this it is unsurprising that the Draft Code is as much concerned with aspects of health under the headings of medication compliance, health training and activity monitoring as with vital signs monitoring. Telecare and social alarms are also included.
The Draft Code has been developed by partners in the TeleSCoPE project (Telehealth Services Code of Practice for Europe). Input and feedback from health and social care providers, health insurers, patient/user organizations and other stakeholders is being gathered to align the Code even further with their points of view.
Further detail of the project and the Draft Code is available at www.telehealthcode.eu/project/documents. To obtain a copy of the Draft Code or for more information, contact Malcolm Fisk, project coordinator and CoDirector of the Ageing Society Grand Challenge Initiative at Coventry University (email@example.com).
AfDB launches eHealth Award to seek African ICT health solutions
The African Development Bank (AfDB) launched a competition for innovative and sustainable information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for the health sector in Africa.
Initiated by the AfDB's Human Development Department, the eHealth Award aims to discover current work being done in the fields of eHealth and mHealth in Africa, to encourage the production and sharing of knowledge on eHealth solutions, and provide added value through the sharing of lessons learnt in eHealth and mHealth.
The award targets a range of participants, including individuals, NGOs, development organizations, companies, academic institutions and research facilities. The criteria and focus of the award are centered on:
using ICT to increase access to health services, particularly for the poor and marginalized,
using ICT to increase the utilization of essential health services and/or
the evaluation of eHealth solutions to improve efficiency in the delivery of health services.
Submissions can still be done until mid next week (30 May 2012). Submissions should be an abstract of 500 words from the projects, after which the shortlisted candidates will need to produce an evaluation report.
For those of you who did not make it to Luxembourg last month for Med-e-Tel's 10th edition, we'd like to share the welcome message of the ISfTeH's Executive Director, Prof. Yunkap Kwankam (pictured), with you, which also gives you a taste of the atmosphere and ambiance of the meeting:
"Welcome to this, the tenth edition of Med-e-Tel. This event, which started life in 2002 as the Telemedicine & Telecare International Trade Fair, continues to offer a unique opportunity to do business, to share ideas, and to view a wide range of telemedicine solutions currently available on the market. It was later rechristened Med-e-Tel. Through threats of war (the 2003 edition had to be cancelled as the invasion of Iraq loomed on the horizon) and ash clouds (the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, which paralyzed air travel in most of Europe for six days, hit just as the 2010 edition entered its final day), Med-e-Tel has not only survived, but grown to be a meeting place for 400-600 participants every year. It is large enough to offer a broad spectrum of eHealth stakeholders, from academia, government, industry and civil society. They range from policy makers to designers and users; from chip manufacturers and micro-level engineering companies to systems integrators and satellite and space agencies. Med-e-Tel has even had sessions organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) over the years. However, the meeting is small enough so that there is time to engage more deeply with others, through a broad range of interesting presentations organized around thematic areas in specific sessions. And the sessions are not so packed that each presentation is reduced to a talking head.
What best distinguishes Med-e-Tel, though, is the people - you the participants. Every year at least 50 countries are represented. So, on average, every tenth person you meet at Med-e-Tel is from yet another country. The message is clear. If you want to engage with eHealth practitioners from around the globe in a low-key, almost intimate, environment, Med-e-Tel is the place for you.
But, there is still room for growth. The vision of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH) is to increase attendance to around 1,000 participants - to improve the chances of your making that networking connection which takes your business or personal eHealth work to another level. And to do so without losing the intimacy which has characterized the meeting so far. That way you can meet your eHealth soul-mates without you and them disappearing in the crowd. It is like having your very own professional networking Cloud. There is also a need to grow the number of exhibitors even further, so that there is more show and tell of the genius that people have in using ICT to address health challenges - locally, nationally, regionally and globally.
This year, in addition to the enticing content to which we have become accustomed, there will be an address on behalf of the new ISfTeH Board by our new President, Dr. Andy Fischer, CEO of Medgate - a sort of State of the ISfTeH address, and outlining a vision for the future of the Society through a new business plan. Med-e-Tel will also feature, for the first time, one of the Ambassadors of the Society's Global eHealth Ambassadors Program (GeHAP) which is chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and was successfully launched in Rio de Janeiro on the 11th of November 2011. Lord Nigel Crisp, former Chief Executive of the NHS in the UK, will give a keynote address on Day 2 of the event.
A good way to reach the growth targets for Med-e-Tel, by no means the only way - but a good way all-the-same - is by word of mouth. I recall a discussion with Geoff Parcel - co-author of the best-selling book on Knowledge Management "Learning to Fly" when I was at WHO. He said their philosophy when he was at the oil giant, BP, was to promote sharing experiences. If, for example, you wanted to do a project, their thesis was that it was often more productive to hold just one conversation with someone who had done it or done something similar, than to read so many books and papers and do so many Internet searches on how to get it done. The people in your social/professional network are more likely to come to Med-e-Tel because you encouraged them to do so than because they had a Google hit on Med-e-Tel as a conference worth attending. I have often said that at conferences, the learning is incremental while the networking can grow by quantum leaps. One picks up an idea or two that could improve one's activities. But one can also make a single contact that transforms one's professional life. So, have a productive conference and let us together start a second decade of success at Med-e-Tel in April 2013, with you and five people from your social/professional network."
Lifetime Achievement Award for telemedicine pioneer
An ISfTeH Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Prof. Louis Lareng (France) at the occasion of the Med-e-Tel 2012 Opening Ceremony on April 18th.
Prof. Lareng is a Telemedicine and eHealth pioneer and at the age of 89 still active as Administrator of the GCS Télésanté Midi-Pyrénées in France.
Prof. Lareng studied medicine in Toulouse and became an anaesthetist-resuscitator. As pioneer of the emergency departments in France, he was the creator of the Emergency Medical Service "SAMU" (Service d'Aide Médicale Urgente) in 1967 and continued to advocate for the legal recognition of this organization by law, which finally happened in 1992.
Prof. Lareng was founder of the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, and recognized as Professor Emeritus from 1992. It is at that time that he took up the cause for telemedicine, a virtually unknown discipline in France in those days, which he brought to the highest political levels until the recognition by the laws of 2004 and 2010, the so-called HPST law (hôpital, patients, santé, territoires) of which the article 78 - the real birth certificate of telemedicine in France - bears his proverbial signature.
In his own region of Midi-Pyrénées, at first with the Public Interest Group 'Telemedicine Network' (Groupement d'Intérêt Public (GIP) Réseau de Télémédecine) in 2003 and then through various responsibilities up until the administration of the Health Cooperation Group 'Telehealth Midi-Pyrénées' (Groupement de Coopération Sanitaire (GCS) Télésanté Midi-Pyrénées) since March 2011, Louis Lareng implemented telemedicine and telehealth, and ensured the best possible applications.
The creation of the European Institute of Telemedicine, of which he is the Director, and of the European Society of Telemedicine and eHealth, of which he is the President, allowed him to make his work and realizations known throughout France and beyond the French borders. He has also been President or member of numerous other scientific societies. In particular, he was one of the founder members in 1997 of the International Society for Telemedicine (ISfT) and a member of the board of this same society - which in the meantime had become the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH) - from 2007 till 2009.
In reading his life and works, and considering his unwavering commitment to increasing the knowledge about and the use of telemedicine and telehealth by healthcare professionals in their daily practice, it was almost a duty for the ISfTeH, of which he is still a member, to pay him tribute at the 10th anniversary edition of Med-e-Tel, and to honour him with a special award for his entire lifetime achievements.
Congratulations Prof. Lareng and thank you!
Med-e-Tel 2013 scheduled for April 10-12, 2013
The 2013 edition of Med-e-Tel is scheduled for April 10-12 in Luxembourg. The Med-e-Tel website will be updated soon with preliminary details about the event. If you already have any questions about participating at the event as an exhibitor or sponsor, speakers or visitor, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Integrated home automation design guide launched for independent and assisted living
Various organizations in Belgium from the care, building/construction and electro-technical sectors have published a design guide for integrated home automation. The authoring organizations are In-HAM (Knowledge Center for Assistive Technology), NAV (Federation of Architects), VEI (Knowledge Center for Electrical Installations), BCDI (Association of the Home Automation Industry) and the publication was co-funded by IWT, the Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology.
The development of the guide was initiated by In-HAM, in an effort to provide practical information for architects and installers on the availability and use of home automation technology that can enhance independent and assisted living. The final document targets a much wider audience and also addresses the general public, who may want to install home automation concepts in their new or refurbished houses, for better energy efficiency, comfort and communication. But the guide does keep a focus throughout the document on functions and applications of home and living automation that can provide comfort, security and care for older or dependent people.
Click here to view a digital copy of the guide (currently only available in Dutch). Contact email@example.com to obtain more information or to assess possibilities for international collaboration on the above topic.
A similar partnership in the UK also published a "Guide for Assisted Living" last year. Partners of the publication included RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and BRE (Building Research Establishment), together with Microsoft, Cisco, Hereward College, Foundation for Assistive Technology and several others.
The guide was one of the outcomes of the Health Hub project which was funded by the TSB (Technology Strategy Board - UK counterpart of the Flemish IWT) under their Assisted Living Innovation Platform.
This design guide considers the built environment along with the integration of digital infrastructure in homes. It looks in turn at housing standards, ergonomic data, access issues, space standards (including a case study for adapting a typical terraced house), an overview of digital connectivity, and guidance on digital assisted living technologies.
This guide is meant for all those who have to take decisions on the appropriate design, specification, construction and adaptation of 'assisted living enabled' buildings, including architects, developers, designers, builders, various consultants, health care workers, and designers of health care equipment.
The May 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, one of the world's leading public health journals, is fully dedicated to eHealth.
Seven years have passed since the World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA58.28 urging the World Health Organization and its Member States to endorse eHealth as a way to strengthen health systems. Specifically, the resolution urged Member States to "mobilize multisectoral collaboration for determining evidence-based eHealth standards and norms, to evaluate eHealth activities, and to share the knowledge of cost-effective models, thus ensuring quality, safety and ethical standards and respect for the principles of confidentiality of information, privacy, equity and equality."
The Bulletin's theme issue on eHealth has three main objectives:
to provide an authoritative, critical and independent overview of current knowledge about appropriate, trans-disciplinary methods and applications in eHealth;
to include contributors from developing countries, who seldom have the opportunity to publish in international journals;
to strengthen the commitment of high-level decision-makers to address eHealth interoperability issues and seek to widened the application of eHealth.
The issue includes articles on the following topics:
Big possibilities for the future of health
How to measure impact
Experts discuss the big issues
Keeping track of influenza in Madagascar
Using mobile phones for HIV diagnosis in Zambia
Changing behavior through m-health
Improving patient care in Brazil
In the editorials, Najeeb Al-Shorbaji & Antoine Geissbuhler discuss how to establish an evidence base for eHealth, while Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen et al. look at ways to improve the credibility of eHealth technologies. In the news section, Claire Keeton examines ways of measuring eHealth impact, while Michael Dumiak looks into the future of eHealth. In an interview, five leading eHealth thinkers debate key challenges in the field.
AMD Global Telemedicine and Vidyo provide comprehensive point-of-care telemedicine solution
AMD Global Telemedicine, a supplier of medical technology for clinical telemedicine, and Vidyo, a provider of personal telepresence, have announced a partnership that will integrate Vidyo's software-based video conferencing platform with AMD's telemedicine platform.
The comprehensive solution encompasses diagnostic medical devices, the AGNES information aggregation system, and tConsult Encounter Management Software that is equipped with device management, case creation, work flow and archival tools.
Vidyo for Healthcare is a rich and versatile video collaboration platform with APIs that allow companies such as AMD to provide healthcare professionals with easy access to high-quality, cost-effective video communications on a variety of off-the-shelf devices such as laptops, smartphones, desktops and tablets via the Internet, 3G/4G and other general IP networks.
The integrated solution will simplify the work flow for physicians, providing them with a single user interface that integrates visual communication with information from medical devices and medical records.
"The clinical telemedicine market has long been in need of a solution that offered both access and mobility for physicians to use from wherever they happen to be, without sacrificing quality," said Dan McCafferty, Vice President, Global Sales and Corporate Development, AMD Global Telemedicine. "Vidyo's solution satisfies these criteria and offers an outstanding quality video component that is highly complementary to AMD's AGNES software, which is quickly becoming an industry standard. We believe that this is a great marriage of innovation between our two companies."
To follow are links to some interesting and recently published articles, books, studies, interviews and reports (if you would like to suggest an article for inclusion into a following newsletter, feel free to send details to firstname.lastname@example.org):
Join the ISfTeH network of member organizations from 70 countries around the world. The ISfTeH is your door to the global Telemedicine and eHealth community. Through its various activities and members, the ISfTeH can assist you in the promotion and dissemination of your research; help you to enhance your healthcare services with new ICT tools and technologies; provide ideas to broaden your educational programs and courses; or widen your international business network.