This newsletter is your source for Med-e-Tel updates, news from the Med-e-Tel partners, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers, as well as other telemedicine and eHealth news from around the world.
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).
For more information, or to become a member of the ISfTeH network, contact email@example.com or go to www.isfteh.org.
Luxembourg Minister of Health and Social Security, Mars Di Bartolomeo, will open the 11th edition of Med-e-Tel on April 10th. He has been an active supporter of the event throughout the past years and will inaugurate this year's Med-e-Tel together with Regina Ungerer of the World Health Organization and with ISfTeH President, Dr. Andy Fischer.
The Luxembourg Ministry of Health has set up an eHealth Agency (Agence eSanté) to implement the national eHealth action plan. One of the main objectives of this plan include better exchange and sharing of health data between health professionals to improve the quality and performance of health care and to better control the health expenditure, particularly by avoiding duplication of medical tests and analysis.
Also the Luxembourg Ministry of Economy has been supporting Med-e-Tel for many years and is again a partner in this year's Med-e-Tel Welcome Reception that will be held in the evening of April 10th.
The Ministry of Economy is active since many years in the development and implementation of a national action plan on health technologies with international ambitions.
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.
Click here for a full list of supporting organizations and partners.
CME - Continuing Medical Education
Med-e-Tel is 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 is designated for a maximum of 17 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
EACCME credits are recognized by the American Medical Association towards the Physician's Recognition Award (PRA). To convert EACCME credit to AMA PRA category 1 credit, contact the AMA.
Additional Med-e-Tel 2013 Sponsors/Exhibitors:
Organizations and projects participating in the Open Source Village at Med-e-Tel 2013:
|Featured Media |
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.
Infomedix International is a B2B magazine for the medical industry. It is mailed to 15,000 medical manufacturers, distributors, dealers, importers, exporters, wholesalers and agents worldwide, and distributed at medical tradeshows around the world. Infomedix International is connecting medical businesses worldwide!
The Journal of Assistive Technologies is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a user focus on current and enabling technologies, telecare and e-inclusion in health and social care. Articles focus on how people use assistive and enabling technologies, rather than solely on the technology itself, and raise the awareness of available technologies. It debates definitions and concepts and addresses ethics, policy, legislation and issues for day-to-day practice.
The Journal of CyberTherapy & Rehabilitation (JCR) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal which explores the uses of advanced technologies for behavioral healthcare. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, oncology, obesity, eating disorders, AIDS, neurology, and autism, among many others.
MED engineering is the new German magazine for designers and developers of devices used for medical diagnosis, treatment and surgical interventions as well as for laboratory purposes. The emphasis is put on medical electronics, medical informatics, hardware components and materials relevant for the development of devices. News about topics such as marketing, distribution and medical device certification keep the medical engineer up to date.
The SHTI book series (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics) was started in 1990 to promote research conducted under the auspices of the EC programmes' Advanced Informatics in Medicine (AIM) and Biomedical and Health Research (BHR) bioengineering branch. A driving aspect of international health informatics is that telecommunication technology, rehabilitative technology, intelligent home technology and many other components are moving together and form one integrated world of information and communication 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.
World Pharma News is one of the world's leading web-based pharmaceutical news publications. Our subscribers are continuously informed about the latest and most prominent worldwide pharmaceutical news.
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.
Med-e-Tel 2013 conference program updates
The Med-e-Tel 2013 conference program features presentations of business cases, research activities, projects, practical experiences from care providers, offering national and international perspectives on telemedicine and eHealth opportunities and experiences.
The Med-e-Tel 2013 Opening Session will include welcome addresses and keynote presentations by:
- Mars Di Bartolomeo, Minister of Health and Social Security, Luxembourg
- Regina Ungerer, World Health Organization
- Andy Fischer, President, International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth
- Véronique-Inès Thouvenot, Head, Women and eHealth (WeHealth) International Working Group, Millennia2015 (NGO, Official Partner with Consultative Status of UNESCO)
- Marco Capizzi & Tinja Lääveri, eHealth Working Group, European Junior Doctors
- Claudia Bartz, Coordinator, ICN eHealth Programme (International Classification for Nursing Practice and ICN Telenursing Network), International Council of Nurses
- Eddie Chan, Associate Vice President & Global Head, Customer Solutions & Innovation, Sanofi
- Jacques Cinqualbre, Witelm & Transplant Surgery Department, University Hospital of Strasbourg
- Malcolm Fisk, Co-Director Age Research Centre, Health Design & Technology Institute, Coventry University
After last year's inaugural presentation of the ISfTeH Lifetime Achievement Award to Prof. Louis Lareng, the Award will be presented once again during the Opening Session to a person who has contributed considerably to the advancement of Telemedicine and eHealth.
A plenary opening session on the second day of Med-e-Tel 2013 (April 11th) will provide a further update on some global telemedicine and eHealth initiatives by:
A variety of thematical sessions throughout the 3-day conference allow you to attend those presentations that matter most to your daily activities and interests. Use the program as a "menu" from which you can select those sessions and presentations that are of interest and relevance to you, or that you want to hear more about. Some of the topics of the overall Med-e-Tel 2013 program include Roles and Empowerment of Women in eHealth and Telemedicine
- Tapani Piha, Head of Unit (eHealth, Technology and Risk Assessment & Science), DG Health and Consumers, European Commission (to be confirmed)
- Caroline Crousillat, Digital Communications and Community Manager, Orange Healthcare
- Peter Kilcommons, CEO, Medweb
- Angelo De Rosa, Director Strategy and Business Development, Medtronic
- Mark VanderWerf, Vice-Chair, International SIG, American Telemedicine Association & VP/Director eHealth, Nonin
, Global eHealth Strategies
, eHealth Economics, Mobile Health Solutions, Telecardiology, Telemonitoring and Home Care, eLearning, Open Source Software in Health Care
Consult the conference program here.
Med-e-Tel 2013: meet and network with participants from around the world
Med-e-Tel is of course much more than just the conference program alone: it is the opportunity to meet and network with Telemedicine and eHealth stakeholders from around the world, to see technologies and solutions in the Med-e-Tel expo area, and to forge new collaborations and partnerships with other participants.
Some of the participating organizations include:
- AEMH - European Association of Senior Hospital Physicians
- AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
- BioCon Valley, Germany
- CATEL, France
- Center for Pervasive Healthcare, Denmark
- Centre de Ressources Domotique (Guéret), France
- Centre Hospitalier du Kirchberg, Luxembourg
- Centro Hospitalar Cova da Beira, Portugal
- Chipinvest, Czech Republic
- CHU de Liège, Belgium
- Cisco Systems, USA
- City of Helsinki, Finland
- Clinique Bohler, Luxembourg
- CompuGroup Medical, Czech Republic
- CPME - Standing Committee of European Doctors
- CRP Henri Tudor, Luxembourg
- CSIR, South Africa
- Data Dog, Lithuania
- DAVID eHealth & Pharma, Germany
- Dept. of Health, South Africa
- Dept. of Surgery, University of Arizona, USA
- Dept. of Telehealth, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- DocSWISS, Switzerland
- EAHSA - European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing
- eHealth Centre, Instituto de Cardiologia do RS, Brazil
- EJD - European Junior Doctors
- emcare, Malta
- EMSA - European Medical Students Association
- ENSIL, Université de Limoges, France
- Europ Assistance, Belgium
- Faculdade de Odontologia da USP, Brazil
- Faculty of Medicine, University of Prishtina, Kosova
- Finnish Society of Telemedicine and eHealth
- Fraunhofer, Portugal
- French Medical Institute for Children, Afghanistan
- Geneva Health Forum, Switzerland
- H2000, Italy
- Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
- Hospital General de Medellin, Colombia
- Huawei, France
- I2CAT, Spain
- ICN - International Council of Nurses
- IFA - International Federation on Ageing
- IFHIMA - International Federation of Health Information Management Associations
- IFMSA - International Federation of Medical Students Associations
- iMDsoft, The Netherlands
- Inovamais, Portugal
- Inst. Psychiatry, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Institute for Biomedical Problems, Russian Academy of Science
- Institute of Bio-organic Chemistry, Poland
- Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
- Intracom Telecom, Greece
- Japanese Telemedicine and Telecare Association
- Joinup, European Commission
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
- Lifebeat, Portugal
- Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
- Lumos!, Italy
- Mayo Clinic, USA
- M-Care, Kenya
- MEDGATE - Swiss Center for Telemedicine
- Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria
- Medical University of Lodz, Poland
- MeVisit Technologies, USA
- MIMS, Belgium
- MKS Electronic Systems, Slovenia
- Nueva Granada Military University, Colombia
- Orange Labs, France
- Oxitone Medical, Israel
- Palm Beach Radiology Professionals, USA
- Path International, Kenya
- Phramongkutklao Hospital, Thailand
- Polish Telemedicine Society
- Pro Medico, Finland
- Regional Centre for Emegency Medical Research and Development, Norway
- Regionshospitalet Horsens, Denmark
- Remedus, Belgium
- Rigshospitalet, Denmark
- Rio de Janeiro State University Telehealth Center, Brazil
- Royal District Nursing Service, Australia
- Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
- Russian Association for Telemedicine
- Sanofi, France
- Secretaria Estadual de Saude, Brazil
- SGPGIMS, India
- Shastin Central Hospital, Mongolia
- Society for Telemedicine and eHealth in Nigeria
- SRDC, Turkey
- Stavanger University Hospital, Norway
- Sydney Children's Hospital Network, Australia
- Telecare Services Association, UK
- Telemedicine Africa, South Africa
- Toth Tecnologia, Brazil
- Touring, Belgium
- UEMO - European Union of General Practitioners
- UEMS - European Union of Medical Specialists
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mongolia
- University Hospital Wurzburg/Comprehensive Heart Failure Center, Germany
- Vestfold Hospital Trust, Norway
- Vitae Litera, Lithuania
- Vitalograph, Germany
- Vivisol, Italy
- World Health Organization
- World Hearing Center, Poland
Med-e-Tel 2013 advance registration
Advance, online registration for Med-e-Tel 2013 will only be available for another two weeks. Avoid queuing and having to register at the event itself, and submit your registration today.
Submit your registration now, and obtain a full conference registration, including access to the expo area, all conference sessions during 3 days, evening receptions, conference materials, and abundant networking opportunities. One-day registration is possible too.
Click here for registration conditions. Click the button below to go to the registration page.
Details of the extensive Med-e-Tel conference program can be found here.
A list of companies and organizations that will be demonstrating or presenting their technologies can be seen here.
Important for medical professionals: Med-e-Tel is accredited by EACCME (European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) to provide up to 17 European CME credits.
For more information, go to www.medetel.eu, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMD Global Telemedicine increases data sharing capabilities for clinicians and physicians with AGNES 3.1.0
AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. (AMD), the world's leading supplier of medical technology for clinical telemedicine, announced today an upgrade to their AGNES software system that now offers users the ability to share data across multiple platforms, capture and share third-party medical documents, manually add vital signs, and simplifies enterprise infrastructure integration.
AGNES 3.1.0 is telemedicine device aggregation software that gathers and distributes medical device data in real time from a referring to remote consulting location. The latest release includes the following new features:
- HL7 integration: expands the user's ability to share the medical information across multiple patient record platforms.
- Third-party document capturing: a universal data acquisition feature has been added to give clinicians the ability to bring in medical data generated from any external medical device or software program that has "print" functionality.
- Manual vital signs data entry: in addition to the existing VSM features of AGNES, important medical data captured from external vital sign devices can now be manually entered into the session details.
- LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) support: simplifies the user experience by removing the need to remember multiple account names and passwords and easily integrates into the existing enterprise infrastructure.
"This latest release of AGNES was driven by our customers' request to truly capture the entire story of the patient, as well as our commitment to continue to provide a solution they can depend on for their telemedicine programs", commented Dan McCafferty, Vice President, Global Sales & Corporate Development.
For more information and product demo's, meet with AMD representatives at Med-e-Tel 2013.
Melanoma screening using telemedicine and eHealth
Malignant Melanoma (MM) is the deadliest form of skin cancer and, since it has an asymptomatic evolution, makes it a good candidate for early detection trough noninvasive screening methods that can seamlessly analyze skin lesions in regions where dermatologists aren't available. Using a combination of mobile health solutions and telemedicine, a team in Portugal is are trying to instruct people to recognize what can be a suspicious skin lesion and then submit them to a teledermatology analysis that allows a remote examination of that lesion by a group of certified dermatologists.
Early diagnosis of MM is extremely important not only because success rates of recovering from MM are very high if detected during the early stages of its development, as well as because a melanoma in an advanced stage of development is approximately 2200 percent more expensive to diagnose and treat than an early in situ melanoma. Thus it is widely accepted that the best way to deal with MM is trough prevention.
There is a clear potential for providing a teledermatology service to deliver dermatologic expertise in underserved regions due to the uneven regional distribution of dermatologists.
Portugal-based Lifebeat proposes a service business model that combines mHealth - through the "Melanoma Detection App" (developed at Fraunhofer Portugal), a smartphone-based complementary tool for monitoring of skin lesions, and telemedicine through the screening of suspicious moles using a dermatology system known as Spectrophotometric Intracutaneous Analysis (SIAscopy).
Besides the clear potential to empower and motivate the users to actively manage their own skin health status, this approach will also offer the opportunity to refer suspicious skin lesions to dermatology centers for removal and further investigation.
Smartphones appear as a very interesting tool to be used in digital monitoring of skin lesions due to its increasingly better quality in image acquisition, portability and easy data transmission. Skin lesion evaluation can be optimized with a mobile application that allows the user to collect process and store information of skin lesions through its automatic classification.
Preliminary trials show promising results and next steps include a 1st phase validation (MD's will test it more intrensively and input if they agree with the automatic analysis), algorithms improvements (based on the 1st phase validation report, application improvements and developments in the backend server, and 2nd phase validation (field trials involving patients with clinical or family history of skin cancer and their MD's).
This is just one of the stories you will hear about at Med-e-Tel 2013. Meet Lifebeat/Fraunhofer representatives at Med-e-Tel and learn more about their experiences!
Comprehensive health management system from Contec
China-based Contec Medical Systems will present its PHMS telemedicine system (Global Personal Health Information Management System) at Med-e-Tel 2013.
PHMS aims to monitor (and prevent) heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, asthma, and a range of other chronic conditions. The PHMS self-help intelligent medical terminal can provide comprehensive collection of physiological parameters including ECG, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, blood glucose, fetal heart rate, body composition, degree of atherosclerosis, and more.
Test results can automatically be transmitted to a cloud computing server via 3G, WiFi or GPRS, and stored into the electronic medical records database of the PHMS data center.
Find out more about Contec
's products and services at the Med-e-Tel 2013
GlobalMed launches expanded Telemed U international learning institute
GlobalMed, leader in real-time healthcare delivery systems, is announcing the expansion of a premier learning center that acknowledges the importance of and need for substantive online training and education opportunities.
In 2011, GlobalMed launched TeleMed U as a center for training practitioners in the use of telemedicine, including proper communication techniques with remote providers and best practices in conducting examinations using telemedicine hardware and software systems.
From providing a state-of-the-art location for medical institutions to offer CME to offering e-learning for training in the use of telemedicine and other technology-based medical applications, TeleMed U is poised to become a top-notch facility offering certified educational programming and accommodations.
"Rapid advancements in the medical field are leading to a greater need for quality education for practitioners. Recognizing this need, we are expanding TeleMed U to provide more streamlined communications and accessibility to this education and training," stated Joel E. Barthelemy, GlobalMed Founder and Managing Director. "Our vision is for this Institute to provide that ease of access to superior training and education through leveraging the latest in interactive video and audio technologies that utilize virtual environment scenarios to help enhance the learning process."
To find out more about Telemed U, and about GlobalMed's integrated, standards-based telemedicine and telehealth platforms that comprise solutions for a broad range of global healthcare systems and environments, meet with GlobalMed
at the Med-e-Tel 2013
Providing a benchmark standard for telehealth services across Europe
The European TeleSCoPE Project (European Code of Practice for Telehealth Services), co-funded by the EU Health Programme, has developed a 'Code of Practice' that aims to serve as a benchmark standard for telehealth service delivery across Europe.
The Code promotes radical change in telehealth service frameworks and markets, looks at building trust for telehealth services and between health and care professionals, users and family carers, and making telehealth relevant and accessible to people of all ages in both urban, rural and remote areas.
Attend the launch of the new version of the Code at Med-e-Tel 2013 on Thursday April 11th at 16h00 to find out more about this Code of Practice, whom it is for, and what it is meant to achieve!
The new version of the Code has been adapted from last year's initial version, which has been validated over the past months with service providers in different European countries.
TeleSCoPE partners are looking forward to meeting at Med-e-Tel with telecare/telehealth service providers, medical/healthcare call centers, government health agencies, regulatory bodies, and others concerned with (tele)health service provision.
Orange Healthcare's Elinaz Mahdavy appointed chair of Continua EU Working Group
Continua Health Alliance has announced earlier this month that Elinaz Mahdavy, European Affairs and Strategic Partnerships Manager at Orange Healthcare, has been unanimously elected chair of its European Working Group.
Elinaz will lead Continua's outreach and relations with EU institutions and government entities in Europe. She succeeds Mário Romão, senior policy manager at Intel, who will continue to serve as vice chair.
Continua is the international industry organization dedicated to advancing personal connected health by promoting end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity of personal health devices and establishing industry standards for interoperability.
Meet with Elinaz Mahdavy and Orange Healthcare
representatives at Med-e-Tel 2013
Only limited number of hotel rooms for Med-e-Tel 2013 left available via Luxembourg Convention Bureau
The Luxembourg Convention Bureau announces that it only has a very limited number of hotel rooms still available via its online reservation system (click here for access to the online reservation form).
Once their online reservation form for Med-e-Tel 2013 will be closed, they can still be contacted at email@example.com for more information or to assist with your hotel reservation.
For airtravel, note that Air France/KLM are offering discounted airfare to Luxembourg for Med-e-Tel participants. See here for conditions and information.
For low cost flights, you may want to check flights to Frankfurt Hahn airport (halfway between Frankfurt and Luxembourg), with bus service to Luxembourg.
Free eBook on telehealth strategy from Hands On Telehealth
Med-e-Tel media partner Hands On Telehealth is giving away a free eBook on telehealth strategy. In this book, you can find:
- The #1 mistake people make with their telehealth programs
- The 3 areas you must address in order to get buy-in for a telehealth product or service
- The one thing you must always be doing for your program
- How you can simplify all the activities involved in telehealth
to download the free eBook.
When you get the eBook, you will also be able to receive updates from Hands On Telehealth on other ways to advance telehealth. You will also receive:
- A one-of-a-kind eNewsletter with practical ideas for growing telehealth products and services
- Notifications on new episodes of the Hands On Telehealth Interview Show - where telehealth experts share insights and detailed advice on succeeding with telehealth.
to get started and to get your free telehealth strategy eBook.