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Sept. 28th, 2008 - TeleHealth and the Pandemic

Dear Telehealth Colleagues,                

Sykes Telehealth Solutions, Centennial College and Queens University would like to cordially invite you to attend an interactive workshop on Telehealth and the Pandemic: A Tool to Support Rapid Recognition and Response. Please join us on Sunday October 5th as we share perspectives, innovation, information and applications of telehealth services and its impact on a pandemic. 

Canadian Society of Telehealth Conferenece                                                                     Date: Sunday, October 5, 2008 from 0900 – 1200
Location: Crowne Plaza Ottawa Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Presenters: Kieran Michael Moore, MD, Queen's University Department of Emergency and Family Medicine

Gail Beagan, Academic Chair, Centennial College School of Community and Health Studies

Adam Jones, RN, Director Client Relations, Ontario, Sykes Telehealth Solutions

Jackie Hickey, RN, Outreach Coordinator, Sykes Telehealth Solutions  

Description of Presentation Content:

1. Preparing for the pandemic, how can telehealth help? Learning from Centennial Colleges table top exercise.

2. Use of telehealth for early warning and tracking of the outbreak. Review of results from an analysis of data from the Telehealth Ontario service and its potential role in predicting and tracking sentinel events through syndromic surveillance. The use of pre-planned telehealth collaboration tools to support rapid response and day to day planning in a pandemic.

3. Use of telehealth during an outbreak. Expected impact of a pandemic on healthcare worker absenteeism; initiation of public health support lines (SARS experience); the potential to link provincial health lines for redundancy; Work from home; opportunities to implement innovative community based support programs.  

Relevance to CST Members and Conference Attendees: Convergence to Care: Patients, Providers and Technology is the theme of this years CST conference. At no time will cross sector and multidisciplinary collaboration be more important than when the health system is faced with a significant national health emergency such as a pandemic influenza outbreak. Everyone knows the significance of pandemic planning. The entire health system was taken by surprise in 2003 by the magnitude of the SARS outbreak. The evidence supports a collaborative approach by optimizing quality of health care delivery. Telehealth has a significant role by supporting the activities necessary to predict and manage outbreaks.

Advanced registration is required – 30 participants maximum  

http://www.cst-sct.org

Questions please call the CST Secretariat Office at 613-531-9476. 

Kindest Regards,

Dr. Kieran Moore

Gail Beagan

Adam Jones

Jackie Hickey

jackie.hickey@sykes.com

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