Telemedicine and its Future in Health and Social Care

BCS Mid-Wales branch is pleased to invite Dr Alan Axford and Mrs Delyth Lewis to talk about Telemedicine in Wales and to lead a discussion on the successful use of Telemedicine as part of Welsh healthcare. This event is on Wednesday March 12th at Aberystwyth University.

Delivering health and social care in rural settings is experiencing a revolution. Wales, like other countries, is seeing a reduction in the number of rural community hospitals and outreach GP surgeries in more remote rural villages.

‘Telemedicine’ is an important element of the new rural healthcare delivery mechanism – the use of information and communications technology to deliver a medical response to illness and ailments.

The Welsh Government has launched a £9.5M booster fund for Welsh Health Boards called the Welsh Government Health Technology & Telehealth 2014 initiative. This will enable Welsh Health Boards to expand their use of telemedicine and to investigate new uses and approaches.

Historically, Wales is not advanced in the use of telemedicine. But easily the most advance geographic area has been Ceredigion and its environs where telemedicine has been deployed since the year 2,000.

Dr Alan Axford and Mrs Delyth Lewis will present a review of Telemedicine in Wales – now and in the future. This will be followed by an open discussion about whether Wales could do better to deploy successful telehealth initiatives, and how that could be achieved. Please join us to explore this issue and how it could have an impact on Welsh healthcare.

This event is free and open to all.

BCS Mid-Wales, BCS Health in Wales and the Department of Computer Science, Aberystwyth University, hosts this event.

Time and Location
The event is at 6pm on Wednesday 12th March. It is in lecture theatre Physics B, in the Physical Sciences building at Aberystwyth University. There will be light refreshments served in the Physical Sciences Foyer from 5.30.

To help with our organization, please complete the registration form.

Dr Alan T. Axford. O.B.E. B.Sc. M.B. B.S. F.R.C.P, graduated in Medicine at University College Hospital London 1965. After 5 years post graduate experience in Birmingham and London, he returned to Wales to work for the Medical Research Council Pneumoconiosis Unit at Penarth undertaking research in occupational lung diseases. In 1975 he was appointed consultant physician with an interest in respiratory diseases at Bronglais Hospital Aberystwyth until retirement in 2010. During the 35 years at Aberystwyth he established the first medical oncology service, was Medical Director and Trust lead cancer clinician for Ceredigion for 10 years, and Medical Director Hywel Dda NHS Trust for 2 years.

Following a visit to U.S.A. in 1998, he developed an interest in Telemedicine. He initiated several research projects in medicine in a rural setting for which he was awarded a Fellowship by Aberystwyth University in 2008. Since retirement has been a member of the National Clinical Forum, and was appointed by Mrs Edwina Hart as a Member of the Rural Health Implementation Group Wales and the Chair of its Telemedicine Committee 2010-2013. He has also been Chair of South and Mid Wales Neuroscience Implementation Board.

Mrs Delyth Lewis is one of the most experienced managers in the deployment of telemedicine in Wales. She commenced her NHS career in Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth and in 2004 was appointed Telemedicine Manager by Hywel Dda Health Board to develop Telemedicine, in supporting the delivery of healthcare in rural settings. Her influence grew as she became responsible for telemedicine resources across the South Wales Cancer Network (2005). She supported Dr Axford in his role in Ceredigion and Hywel Dda including on the formulating ophthalmic telemedicine projects.

From 2011-2013, she was invited to lead/implement telemedicine solutions at an all-Wales level in response to the Welsh Government’s Rural Health Plan. In this role she gained experience of telemedicine support to support many patient care pathways including paediatric clinics, palliative care, occupational therapy, diabetes care, neurology services, minor injuries and stroke rehabilitation She is currently working with the Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Informatics Programme Management Unit providing telemedicine advice and also undertakes work for the Welsh Government’s All Wales Peer Review of Cancer Services