Seminar Program

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Seminar of the International School of Telemedicine and eHealth

In association with: International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH), American Telemedicine Association (ATA)

Co-sponsored by: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

Day 1, October 15, 2011

1300 – 1310


Introduction: Global Developments in Telemedicine and eHealth and Future Perspectives. Professor Maurice Mars.

1310 – 1330 Pre-evaluation test

1330 – 1400

Unit 1:

Introduction to Telemedicine and eHealth

Michael Nerlich, MD, PhD,

Professor of Surgery

●      History of telemedicine and eHealth;
●      Concepts, definitions / acronyms;
●      Modern telehealth: techniques, approaches, equipment, applications and services;
●      Development, operation and maintenance of contemporary telemedicine networks;
●      Ethical, liability and reimbursement issues in telemedicine and eHealth;
●      The Future of telemedicine and eHealth. 


1400 – 1430

Unit 2:

Basics of Health Informatics and Telematics

Richard Scott, PhD,

Associate Professor

●      Health and Medical Informatics and Telematics;
●      Issues of standardization, interoperability and compatibility in telemedicine and eHealth;
●      Database management;
●      Health Information Exchange (HIE), enterprise architecture;
●      Modern virtualization techniques (cloud computing): implications in telemedicine and eHealth;
●      Broadband and wireless (mobile) Internet: current state of development, implications in medicine, biomedical education and research, and public health. 


1430 – 1500

Unit 3:

Basics of eHealth

S. Yunkap Kwankam, PhD,


●      eHealth: current state and perspectives of development;
●      Implementation of eHealth in developing countries, local perspectives;
●      Electronic Health Records;
●      Health Information Networks;
●      E-prescribing, e-referral, e-scheduling;
●      Personal Health Records, patient information portals;
●      Social Networking, its implications for health-related information exchange;
●      Economics of eHealth. 


1500 – 1600
LUNCH – Lobby Area of Russian-Armenian University


1600 – 1630

Unit 4:

Telemedicine Applications, Equipment and Practices.

Klaus Kayser, MD, PhD,

Professor of Pathology

●      Clinical telemedicine services and their applicability in various medical specialties;
●      Features of real-time (synchronous) telemedicine;
●      Features of store-and-forward (asynchronous) telemedicine;
●      Costs and administration;
●      Images, Telepathology, DICOM and PACS;
●      Special telemedicine software;
●      Strengths and weaknesses of telemedicine;
●      Telemedicine needs assessment;
●      Telemedicine evaluation. 


1630 – 1730

Case presentations

Interactive case studies: attendees present their experience and practice

Day 2, October 16, 2011


1000 – 1030

Unit 5:

Basics of Home Care;

Mobile and Wireless Telemedicine.

Richard Scott, PhD,

Associate Professor

●      Remote patient monitoring (Home Telehealth) and allied techniques;
●      Monitoring equipment, devices and software;
●      Evidence of efficacy of remote patient monitoring;
●      Future perspectives: assisted living techniques;
●      Smartphone applications in medicine and healthcare (Mobile Telehealth, mHealth);
●      Implications of wireless internet (WiFi, WiMAX, mobile internet) for Health Information Exchange. 


1030 – 1100

Unit 6:

Distance Learning and e‑learning in Medicine and Public Health

Maurice Mars, MBChB, MD, Professor of TeleHealth

●      Literature search and using on-line resources;
●      Internet-based distance learning;
●      E-learning packages;
●      Downloading software;
●      IP based internet educational software (Breeze, Illuminate);
●      Blogs;
●      Future of Internet for Continuous Medical Education. 



1100 – 1200

Hands-on session

Practical training using telemedicine equipment and applications.

Provided by: AMD Global Telemedicine; Medweb.

1200 – 1230
COFFEE BREAK – Lobby Area of Russian-Armenian University

1230 – 1245 Post-evaluation test


1245 – 1300 Conclusion & certification.


  • The seminar will be attended by 50 young and mid-career physicians, IT and telecom specialists, academics, engineers, students, public health specialists, healthcare executives, and others interested in Healthcare ICT.
  • The language of the seminar will be English. No translation will be provided.
  • Each of the Units includes lecture by the Faculty and short Q&A session (5-10 minutes).
  • Attendees of the seminar will present their relevant experience for discussion.
  • Seminar handouts will be published in hardcopy, on digital media and web-site.
  • Selected lectures will be broadcast over the Internet (webinar).

Invited Faculty:

Chair: Maurice Mars, MBChB, MD, Professor of TeleHealth, Head of the Department of TeleHealth, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal; Founding President, South African Telemedicine Association; Chair, Education Working Group, International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (South Africa).

Michael Nerlich, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery; President, International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH); Medical Director of the Dept. of Trauma Surgery, University Regensburg Academic Medical Center; Vice-Dean of the Medical School, Regensburg University (Germany).

S. Yunkap Kwankam, PhD, Professor of Engineering; CEO, Global eHealth Consultants; Executive Director, International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH); WHO Coordinator of eHealth (2004-2008) (Switzerland).

Klaus Kayser, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology; Director, the UICC-TPCC Humboldt University (Charite) Institute of Pathology; Editor-in-Chief, “Diagnostic Pathology” (Germany).

Richard Scott, PhD, Associate Professor; Director, NT Consulting; Director, Office of Global e-Health Strategy, and Associate Professor, Global e-Health Research and Training Program, and Environmental e-Health Research and Training Program, Health Innovation and Information Technology Centre (HiiTeC), and Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary (Canada).