From the International Medical Informatics Association

Global Telehealth 2015 Conference – Toronto, Canada; 29-30 May, 2015

GT2015-01The 4th International Conference on Global Telehealth (GT2015) will be held on May 29-30, 2015 at the Delta Toronto Hotel, 75 Lower Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Full information is on the event website at

The theme for GT2015 is “Serving the Underserved: Integrating technology and information for better healthcare”. COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association is delighted to be hosting Global Telehealth 2015, an international scientific conference covering the full breadth of  telehealth, mobile health and virtual health. It consists of 50+ scientific and applied paper presentations that have been submitted from more than 25 countries. Keynote speakers include Dr. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Director, Knowledge, Ethics & Research, World Health Organization; Dr. Alain B. Labrique, Founding director, Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative; and Dr. Ivar Mendez, Fred H. Wigmore Professor of Surgery & Chairman, Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan , and Unified Head of Surgery of the Province of Saskatchewan.

IMIA is pleased to be an Endorser of the event.

Registration is open, and the early bird rate end on 07 April:

GT2015 Early Bird Full Conference $599.00 (Ends April 7, 2015)
GT2015 Full Conference $749.00 (As of April 8, 2015)
GT2015 One Day $425.00
GT2015 Full Conference Group Rate $1499.00 (3 attendees – Ends April 7, 2015)

Conference flyer (PDF download)

The programme is at


March 10, 2015 Posted by | Canada, conference, ehealth | , , , | Leave a comment

Global Telehealth 2015 Conference – Call for Papers

Don Newsham, Chair of GT2015 and CEO of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association (, writes:

Greetings Colleagues, Friends and Members of the Global Tele, Mobile and Virtual Health Community. COACH is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for GT2015 (, the 4th such conference, open to all academic, healthcare, health informatics and telehealth professionals from Canada and around the world.   We encourage your research, study and leading papers to be submitted for acceptance and presentation at this international conference, to be held on May 29-30, 2015 in Toronto.

On behalf of Conference Co-Chairs Jennifer Zelmer and Kendall Ho, we would welcome you to Canada and to this special conference with the theme Serving the Underserved: Integrating Technology and Information for Better Healthcare.  Bring your study and research findings, present and network with your Canadian and international colleagues, get published and Medline indexed in the IOS Press series Studies in Health Technology and Informatics and be a part of the innovation, evolution and development of telehealth, mobile health and virtual health, all for the betterment of our patient populations in every community and region.

We welcome your papers, your attendance and interest – and plan to stay for the eHealth 2015 conference ( starting the day after GT2015 (31 May – 03 June) , and also in Toronto.


Full information on the GT2015 Call is at – submission deadline for Full and Short Papers is December 1, 2014. The PDF file here also gives further detail on important dates. Papers are invited under three guided themes: cultural and socio-economic factors; latest, cutting-edge technology; and extending access.


August 29, 2014 Posted by | Canada, conference, ehealth | , , , | Leave a comment

WHO Global Observatory for eHealth Series Publication on Telemedicine

Telemedicine – Opportunities and developments in Member States is the latest publication in the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth ( series.

Published in January 2011, this 96 page document is part of a series of reports based on the second Global Observatory on eHealth (GOe) Survey, and is the result of a productive collaboration between the GOe and the University of British Columbia, eHealth Policy Unit.. Available for download as a PDF file ( – 3.5MB). WHO ISBN 978 92 4 156414 4 – 13 January 2011.

This second volume of the Global Observatory for eHealth series examines trends in the uptake of telemedicine, from the well established to newly emerging telemedicine applications, with an emphasis on the needs of developing countries. The publication is targeted at telemedicine practitioners and policymakers in health and information technology, as well as health care practitioners interested in adopting telemedicine services. The data and information would be useful for planning and evaluation of telemedicine services.

January 17, 2011 Posted by | WHO | , , , , | Leave a comment

e-Health 2010 Presentations Available Online

COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association ( has made many of the presentations from its recent e-health 2010 conference available online. Materials from many of the Concurrent Session and Round Table Session are available as PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations at

Among the many excellent presentations are:

  • eLearning In Health: An African Experience by Maurice Mars;
  • Remote Hands-on “YouTube” Mentoring via eHealth (RHYMe): Using Social Media to Enable Interactive Feedback in Rural Medical Clerkships by Kendall Ho and Nelson Shen;
  • A Province-Wide Personal Health Portal: Strategy and Development;
  • The Use of Telehealth for Diagnosis and Follow-up of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Three Northern Manitoba Communities by Tim Spencer and Carla Ens.

e-Health 2011 will take place in Toronto, Canada on May 29 – June 1, 2011.

July 1, 2010 Posted by | Canada, conference | , , , , , | Leave a comment

COACH-CST merger

COACH logoCOACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association ( has announced its merger with the Canadian Society of Telehealth (CST), effective of April 1, 2010.

The merger, according to COACH’s media release, “builds on the alignment between the two organizations and their shared vision about the critical role that telehealth and health informatics play in transforming Canada’s health care system”. Telehealth professionals will be represented through CTF, the Canadian Telehealth Forum. COACH will continue to advocate for telehealth and the Canadian telehealth community, while promoting and supporting the integration of telehealth and electronic health record capabilities through CTF.

Dr Trevor Cradduck, former CST President and Liz Loewen, former CST Vice-President and President-elect, have been appointed to the COACH Board of Directors to represent the telehealth community. John Schinbein, formerly Executive Director of CST, has joined the COACH Executive Management Team as Executive Director, CTF.

More information about CTF is available at or by contacting John Schinbein, jschinbein[at]

April 14, 2010 Posted by | Canada | , , | Leave a comment