February 14, 2007
In this newsletter:
- Med-e-Tel 2007 early bird registration ends this week
- Med-e-Tel 2007 conference program details
- Aerotel Medical Systems acquires the Tadiran LifeCare line of personal wireless monitoring solutions
- A&D Medical bring their patient focused monitors utilising Bluetooth technology and proven wired telemedicine products to Med-e-Tel
- Amazon Swim Project: a boon for telemedicine
- News from ISfTeH
- News from the Med-e-Tel media partners
Med-e-Tel 2007 early bird registration ends this week
In order to qualify for the Med-e-Tel 2007 early bird registration fees, make sure to submit your registration this week (before February 17th!). See www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=visitor&page=fees_conditions for fees and conditions. Click here to go to the online registration page.
For hotel reservations during your stay in Luxembourg, please refer to www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=hotel_travel&page=hotel_info where you can find a list of hotels and a reservation form.
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Med-e-Tel 2007 conference program details
Check out the preliminary conference program details at www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=educational_program&page=program. Session topics will include homecare, elderly care, mobile solutions, cardiology, diabetes management, paediatrics, developing countries, funding opportunities, elearning, ehealth in daily practice, and more. Have a look at the overall schedule at www.medetel.lu/download/2007/Med-e-Tel_Schedule.pdf and start making up your agenda for what might become the three most important telemedicine and ehealth dates of the year! More than just a conference, Med-e-Tel of course offers the chance to see actual products and solutions at work, and offers plenty of networking opportunities with industry representatives, government officials, healthcare providers, insurers, payors, and researchers from around the world. ! For a preliminary list of exhibitor s, go to www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=exhibitor&page=exhibitors_sponsors. More names will be added soon.
Aerotel Medical Systems acquires the Tadiran LifeCare line of personal wireless monitoring solutions
Aerotel Medical Systems, one of the world's leading manufacturers of advanced transtelephonic telemedicine systems, announced that it has closed the purchase of Tadiran LifeCare division activities from Tadiran Spectralink, a highly specialized global supplier of advanced wireless communications solutions for critical missions.
Tadiran LifeCare is a leading provider of innovative wireless monitoring solutions for improving people's health, safety and quality of life. Its products combine miniature biosensors with wireless technologies in order to provide peace of mind for users, their families and caregivers.
"By integrating new, cutting-edge wireless monitoring technologies into our systems we are expanding our offering in the area of wireless and mobile solutions," explains David Rubin, Aerotel CEO. "Wireless technologies are becoming essential for next generation cost-effective and on-going monitoring. Tadiran LifeCare products will become part of Aerotel's growing portfolio of wireless based remote monitoring solutions for homecare and telehealth. We chose Tadiran LifeCare for its excellent dedicated team, strong IP and advance technological innovations that will add to our value proposition and to our clients' benefits."
Visit Aerotel at Med-e-Tel 2007 and discover their extended line of monitoring solutions. Hear also about successful experiences with their mobile telecare solutions, as well as with their child health and monitoring solutions in the Med-e-Tel conference program.
A&D Medical bring their patient focused monitors utilising Bluetooth technology and proven wired telemedicine products to Med-e-Tel
A&D has established a leading position in the global market providing telemedicine sensors and monitors to the healthcare industry. Since the 1980's, A&D has provided oscillometric blood pressure monitors for both professional and home use and this strong foundation has paved the way for their next generation product line of telemedicine products which was introduced in 1995. Ever since, A&D has been recognized as the supplier of choice in the development of telemedicine sensors, in partnership with medical research and commercial companies worldwide. A&D has met the challenges of modern clinicians by developing telemedicine products that communicate and upload data to compatible access points.
The UA-767PBT home blood pressure monitor, equipped with Bluetooth wireless communication technology, can send real-time communication of BP measurements to the access point immediately. It can also operate in a batch-mode to send a number of timed and dated measurements in response to a single command. The UC-321PBT range of personal scales, also equipped with Bluetooth wireless communication technology, offer highly accurate measurements and are suitable for telemedicine applications.
Find out more about A&D's product range at Med-e-Tel 2007!
Amazon Swim Project: a boon for telemedicine
As you may already have seen on recent news bulletins, legendary marathon swimmer from Slovenia, Martin Strel, started swimming the Amazon river on February 1st in an attempt to swim the entire length of the river all the way from Atalaya (Peru) to the Atlantic Ocean in Belem (Brazil). He is planning to reach this ultimate challenge in 70 days.
The swimmer has dedicated this swim to the preservation of the rainforest, to raising awareness for Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, and to promoting telemedicine as a valuable tool in bringing modern medicine to remote areas.
Telemedicine is actually playing a pivotal role in this expedition. In order to ensure Martin's safety, the Amazon Virtual Medical Team (AVMT) was created, consisting of experts and volunteers from around the world that will provide healthcare services using telemedicine and advance technologies 24/7 for the duration of the trip (see www.amazonswim.com).
The project offers a unique opportunity to show how telemedicine will make provision of medical care possible in some of the most difficult terrains that humans have ever encountered and as such, the project can become a milestone for the practical applications offered by telemedicine.
The international team of experts of the Amazon Virtual Medical Team is coordinated by the University of Arizona, and supported by the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth and its members from around the world.
The project will serve as a catalyst of spreading the applications of telemedicine especially for remote sites around the world. Numerous clinical applications of telemedicine will be tested during the project, which will be very useful for future telemedicine support in developing countries, rural areas, or under extreme conditions.
Companies and organizations wishing to contribute financially or technically to this mission are still welcome. Please contact Dr. Rifat Latifi, Medical Director AVMT (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Mateja de Leonni Stanonik, Co-Director AVMT email@example.com.
This year's Med-e-Tel conference program will actually feature several other telemedicine experiences from the Amazon region. Look for more details at www.medetel.lu/index.php?rub=educational_program&page=program.
News from ISfTeH
In this section of the Med-e-Tel newsletter, we report news from the ISfTeH (International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth), supporting partner of the Med-e-Tel event.
- The ISfTeH was represented at the eHealth Asia conference in Malaysia last week as a supporting partner. See www.ehealthonline.org/ehealthasia/index.asp for conference program details and ISfTeH contributions.
- ISfTeH's next important rendez-vous will be Med-e-Tel 2007 in Luxembourg. The ISfTeH President, Prof. Dr. Michael Nerlich, will present a keynote speech in the Med-e-Tel Opening Session on Wednesday 18 April. That same day, the ISfTeH Board Members will also hold an internal meeting at Med-e-Tel. On Thursday (April 19th), ISfTeH will host a breakfast meeting at Med-e-Tel for ISfTeH members and several other invitees, as an opportunity for members to get better acquainted and to strengthen the ISfTeH international network. On Friday 20 April, ISfTeH will present a conference session at Med-e-Tel on "International Telemedicine & eHealth Initiatives and Developments", focusing on the current state of telemedicine and ehealth in a.o. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Denmark, France, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine. Throughout the three days of the event, the Med-e-Tel expo floor will feature information from ISfTeH and several of its national member asso! ciations.
- The 12th ISfTeH International Conference is scheduled for 2-3 November 2007 in Chennai, India, to take place together with the 3rd National Conference of the Telemedicine Society of India (TSI), ISfTeH's national member from India. Information is available from http://tsi.org.in/conference/default.asp. Chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee, Prof. Krishnan Ganapathy of the Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, is also scheduled for an Opening Keynote at Med-e-Tel 2007.
- For more information or to become an ISfTeH member, see www.isft.net or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from the Med-e-Tel media partners
For information on publications, journals, magazines, reports and on-line information services that will help you to stay abreast of what is going on in the field of ehealth and to make better informed decisions in your daily business or healthcare practice, check out the list of Media Partners on www.medetel.lu. To follow is a review of just some of the publications that will be featured at Med-e-Tel 2007:
- IHE (International Hospital Equipment & Solutions) is Med-e-Tel's main international media partner. To learn more about IHE as well as about the markets and areas served by IHE with its regular 27,000+ high quality BPA audited circulation, check out the new IHE website at www.ihe-online.com.
- Healthcare IT News Europe provides comprehensive, breaking news coverage of European healthcare IT developments. You will find updated daily news from an award-winning editorial team of U.S. and European-based correspondents at www.HealthcareITNews.eu, as well as headlines from other top IT Web sites. Sign up to receive Healthcare IT News Europe, a weekly e-newsletter delivered across the European continent to healthcare IT professionals at hospitals, medical practices, healthcare payers, vendors, regional and national policymakers, and consultants.
- "Home Telehospice - Making the Transition From Home Telehomecare" is the featured topic of the newest installment of The Home Telehealth Community of Care page, available at www.informationfortomorrow.com. Learn how home telehospice care (hospice care services delivered in part through telehealth tools) has been used as a next step after home telehealthcare for some patients. Telehospice is more familiar than it was only a few years ago. No more knee-jerk, negative reactions these days to presumed "less care" with high tech/low touch service delivery. Today, with nursing shortages, needier patients, and a host of other challenges, telehospice is more interesting than ever.
Home Telehealth Community of Care is developed by Information For Tomorrow, a telehealthcare company specializing in research on home telehealth tools and applications. According to research director Audrey Kinsella, this quarterly page provides the opportunity to get targeted information on selected topics in home telehealthcare. "People want to know what's out there, what it costs, and what works in home telehealthcare." Previous recent topics in home telehealth include telepalliative care, teleobesity, and telecare in the United Kingdom, each of them accessible at www.informationfortomorrow.com.
- Federal Telemedicine News provides up-to-date news from the U.S. federal agencies and Capitol Hill on telemedicine, telehealth, and health information technology to help government executives, hospitals, academic medical centers, industry, and healthcare professionals keep current in the field. Publishers of the just released 2007 report "Federal Agencies: Activities in Telemedicine, Telehealth, and Health Technology", and the just released 2007 report "How to Sell Healthcare Technologies to HHS". The 2006 report "University and State Activities: Telemedicine, Telehealth, Informatics, and Research" is also still available.
- Telecare Aware is a free news service for anyone interested in telecare and telehealth developments. Sign up at www.telecareaware.com to be alerted by email each time that the news is updated, usually once or twice a week.
- MiHome Journal (Medically Integrated Home) is the first business-to-business publication exclusively focused on the development, distribution and adoption of home-based, technology-enabled healthcare products and services. Published by Intuitive Care Advisors (ICA), MiHome Journal provides independent, multi-disciplined perspectives and analysis on market opportunity, business models and practices around the design and installation of integrated home healthcare systems. For more information, and to subscribe to MiHome Journal, visit www.icareadvisors.com, or contact Rob Scheschareg at email@example.com.
Rob will also be presenting at Med-e-Tel 2007. Make sure to meet him there and find out about distribution channels and baby boomer desires for home healthcare systems.
To follow are links to some interesting and recently published articles and studies (if you would like to suggest an article for inclusion into a following newsletter, feel free to send details to firstname.lastname@example.org):