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Global Telehealth 2016 (GT2016), the 5th International Conference on Global Telehealth, will be held at Skycity Convention Centre in Auckland, New Zealand from Monday 31 October to Thursday 3 November 2016.  The Global Telehealth conference series provides a platform for peer-reviewed academic papers on Telehealth-related technical and applied research.  It is intended to publish accepted full papers in the IOS Press ebook series “Studies in Health Technology and Informatics”. The Conference Theme for GT2016 is “The Promise of New Technologies in an age of New Health Challenges.”

The Telehealth domain of interest covers a broad scope: from enabling direct clinical interventions and interactions by real-time or store-forward processes, to patient centred care needs such as personal monitoring and care team support, and to education, policy and professional aspects. Telehealth contributes to the new challenges of healthcare sustainability, supporting development and delivery on a wide scale of innovative models of care for treatment of disease, patient health management, home-based care and self-care, preventive health and health promotion.

Telehealth also acts as a major change driver in global health issues aided by the rapid uptake of leapfrog new technologies like mobile wireless communications, smart phones or tablet computers, website and internet-based online resources. Mainstream activities in healthcare systems internationally leverage Telehealth to address these areas, with overarching aspirations to improve access, efficiency, quality and safety. This conference provides a platform for sharing of related best practice and directions across the international community.

GT2016 will be hosted by Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ), and is endorsed by the Australasian Telehealth Society (ATHS), the Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN), and the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH).  The event will be run in conjunction with Health Informatics New Zealand Conference 2016, and Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference 2016.

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