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Presentation Descriptions

Gathering momentum in European telemedicine projects: the critical success factors - Diane Whitehouse

The MOMENTUM thematic network was a European Commission-funded initiative aimed at encouraging the sharing of knowledge about introducing telemedicine services into routine care: http://telemedicine-momentum.eu. The people involved in the network were telemedicine practitioners or “doers”: health authority personnel, decision-makers in healthcare payer organisations e.g., insurance funds; hospital and clinical administrators; clinicians; business executives, and managers. MOMENTUM’s has confirmed that a set of 18 critical success factors is extremely important to guaranteeing the success and growth of such initiatives. Conditions related to diabetes and to various forms of wound care can surely learn from these critical success factors too.


Where is healthcare in 10 years? Introduction to the concept of borderless healthcare - Dr. Wei

The presentation will describe how healthcare will evolve from a hospital-centric model to a home and consumer- centric model where mHealth and IOTs (internet of things) will play a vital role in harvesting big data to herald the new era of digital epidemiology and predictive healthcare. An example of how a high-tech caregiver and a woundcare app can inter-operate seamlessly to create a new model of post-op support via technology will be used. In addition, Dr Wei will also share the model of the world's first O2O (Online To Offline) Smart Life Innovation Centre recently established at the heart of Shanghai by the Borderless Healthcare Group. The centre will demonstrate how multi-disciplinary industries like farming, media, telecommunication, 3D printing and tissue banking etc will converge for better healthcare via a borderless smart home.


Change management in a changing world (The United4Health project) - George Grooks

The presentation will challenge the current status quo and argue the need for change.  It will focus on the individual as the driver for change but also as the key enabler in delivering safe effective and sustainable health and care services.


Health implementation and re-design: the role of clinical staff and how to involve them - Jo Taylor

Dr Jo Taylor will focus on implementation issues that arise at the frontline and how to tackle them, drawing on research from the MALT study, which aimed to identify solutions to increasing clinical adoption of telehealth. In this study, Jo worked alongside multiple stakeholders in four community healthcare providers in England, using participatory research methods to address some of the barriers to implementing telehealth successfully. This presentation will look at some of the potential benefits and drawbacks of involving clinical staff in service re-design, and introduce different approaches to help achieve this.


The importance of a good business case: The KSYOS case - Leonard Witkamp

Leonard Witkamp will address various factors that determine the success of your TeleMedicine business case focussed on TeleWond Monitoring. He will address how you can influence these factors in four phases: development, usability, efficiency and scaling phase. In his talk, he will address the business case for society as well of the businesscase of the stakeholder, those involved in the TeleMedicine process.


Results from the eMedic project in Finland: Pilot studies on the use of teleconsultations for diabetic foot ulcer patients - Tarja Niemi

Turku University Hospital participated in the eMedic project by assessing the feasibility of remote management of diabetic foot ulcer patients through communication within primary health care and between specialised and primary care facilities.
A set-up of a mobile camera connected to a telecommunication system was used to transfer clinical images and online communication between the nurse making house calls and the diabetes care general practitioner or specialised outpatient clinics.
Compared to the time prior to the project in terms of medical and economic aspects,
the pilot reduced the number of visits to a specialised clinic, decreased wound healing time.
Synchronised protocols with defined intervention points and education are needed.


How do we move forward? Barriers and facilitators for implementation - William McGuiness

New technology will always find a home in the popular press; the latest release of a smart phone, new wearable technologies or driverless cars are examples. The associated media increases consumer expectations which in turn encourage sales. However, it can also lead to the development of resistance to the newer technologies if users don’t perceive and advantage. This is no different in health care. The advent of e-health technologies can increase the expectations of the consumer and health care professional or breed resistance if the changed is perceived as a reduction in the level of service. This creates a tension between what the consumer wants and what can be provided. So how do we capitalize on what e-health technologies have to offer? This presentation will explore how health care professionals can implement e-health services within fiscally constrained and/or ‘change weary’ environments.


Managing wounds as a team in the eHealth context: The EWMA position document ‘Managing Wounds as a Team’ - William McGuiness

Telecommunication technologies have rapidly broken down the social ‘rules’ about human interaction. Geographic boundaries, social status or income levels are no longer the determinants the manners in which people communicate. The development of social media and other network technologies now facilitate the rapid and ongoing communication with anyone. The health care setting is now different. But does the introduction of such technologies facilitate interdisciplinary interactions?  This presentation will use the model described in the EWMA ‘Managing Wounds as a Team’ position document to explore the use of e-health technologies to foster interdisciplinary interactions.