Tele-nursing workshop to be held in
The Canadian Society of
Telehealth’s annual conference, to be held in Ottawa, October 5 to 7,
will host a workshop on the topic of the International Telenursing
Network.The purpose of the meeting will be to provide information
regarding the recent formation of an International Telenursing Network,
which is affiliated with the International Society of Telemedicine and
eHealth (ISfTeH) and current efforts to establish a virtual
International Council of Nursing Network for Telenursing, Technology and
eHealth. One of the session-leaders is Lois Scott, a Vice President with
There is no registration fee; however, those who will be attending are
asked to register on the CST website so that the organizers can identify
this number for planning purposes.
International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH)
ISfTeH is a non-governmental and not for profit organization whose
primary role is to promote and support telemedicine and eHealth
activities worldwide. It primarily serves as an umbrella for national
telemedicine and eHealth organizations, such as the Canadian Society of
Telehealth (CST) and assists with the start-up of new national
ISfTeH has close ties to World Health Organization and ITU and has two
alliance partners, United Nations Office for Outer Space (UNOOSA)
Affairs, Vienna, Austria and World Academy of Biomedical Technologies (WABT),
It is a neutral and democratic society which was established under Swiss
law. Membership is open to associated societies, institutions and
organizations, corporations, individuals and students. Those with an
active membership in a national group that is an active ISfTeH
automatically becomes a member of ISfTeH. This means that active members
of CST are also members of ISfTeH.
ISfTeH’s mission is to facilitate the international dissemination of
knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth and to provide
access to recognized experts in the field worldwide.
ISfTeH’s roles are defined as:
• Networking within the
international telemedicine/eHealth community
• Exploring and highlighting the
existing synergies between the global players
• Set-up support of new national members
• Dissemination of information via the IsfT website and newsletters
• Participation in the yearly issue of a Telemedicine Directory
• Access to Telemedical networks
• Download of relevant documents
• Participation in working groups on Telemedical standards and
• Assistance in legal matters
• Organizing and supporting a yearly IsfT scientific conference in
• Open dialogue and cooperation with the industry to encourage the
development and implementation of innovative and practical products and
• Promotion of the IsfT activities via specialized Media to support to
the existing national members and their activities
Canadian Society of Telehealth (CST)
The CST is the leading Canadian
non-profit health association devoted to Telehealth. The organization
promotes all aspects of telehealth, which is the use of information and
communications technologies to deliver health services and transmit
health information over both long and short distances.
CST is recognized as Canada’s premier telehealth organization and
advocate for the advancement and adoption of information and
telecommunications technologies in the delivery of health and healthcare
The Society was established in July 22, 1998 and held its inaugural
meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in October of that year. Annual
CST conferences are held each year.
CST’s mission is to lead the transformation of healthcare through
information and communications technology by providing a forum for
advocacy, communication and sharing of resources among our communities
It’s principal roles are to:
• bring together the many key stakeholders involved and interested in
furthering the development and implementation of telehealth practices in
• act as a major resource for information and knowledge sharing
• contribute to telehealth policy and standards development
• be the Canadian voice for telehealth both at home and internationally
International Council of Nurses (ICN)
ICN is a federation of national nurses’ associations representing nurses
in more than 128 countries. Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first
and widest reaching international organization for health professionals.
Operated by nurses for nurses, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care
for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing
knowledge and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession
and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.
ICN’s mission is to represent nursing worldwide, advancing the
profession and influencing health policy.
ICN goals include:
• to bring nursing together worldwide
• to advance nurses and nursing worldwide
• to influence health policy
ICN advances nursing, nurses and health through its policies,
partnerships, advocacy, leadership development, networks, congresses,
special projects and by its work in the areas of professional practice,
regulation and socio-economic welfare.
Telenursing Working Group
In April 2008, the ISfTeH Board of Directors approved the formation of a
Telenursing Working Group under ISfTeH and in alignment with the
International Council of Nursing. As part of the goals of the
Telenursing Working Group, a Telenursing Workshop was proposed to be
held at each ISfTeH conference, highlighting the Telenursing
work/efforts of the host country.
Since CST is hosting the ISfTeH Annual Meeting this year, the first
Telenursing Workshop is intended to present the work of Canadian
Telenurses, with a view toward how the Canadian Telenursing experiences
might be shared/applied by those in other countries.
Founding members of the ISfTeH Telenursing Working Group include Dr.
Loretta Schlachta Fairchild, Diane Castelli, Bob Pyke and Michael
Nerlich of the United States, Richard Winter of United Kingdom and Lois
Scott of Canada. Other members are currently being recruited.
In May, 2008, Founding Members, Schlachta-Fairchild, Castelli, Pyke and
Scott, sent a letter to the ICN Board of Directors requesting permission
to initiate an online ICN Network for Telenursing, Technology and
eHealth. The intent of this network is to seek, educate, support and
collaborate with nurses who are interested in or actually practicing
telenursing. It was also proposed that, when approved, information about
the new ICN Nursing Network be placed on ISfTeH’s website.