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Telemedicine, broadly defined, is the delivery of any healthcare service or transmission of wellness information using telecommunications technology. Closely associated with telemedicine is the term "telehealth," which is often used to encompass a broader definition of remote healthcare that does not always involve clinical services. Videoconferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education and nursing call centers are all considered part of telemedicine and telehealth.
Telemedicine is not a separate medical specialty. Products and services related to telemedicine are often part of a larger investment by health care institutions in either information technology or the delivery of clinical care. Even in the reimbursement fee structure, there is usually no distinction made between services provided on site and those provided through telemedicine and often no separate coding required for billing of remote services.
The American Telemedicine Association is the leading resource and advocate promoting access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology. ATA seeks to bring together diverse groups from traditional medicine, academic medical centers, technology and telecommunications companies, e-health, medical societies, government and others to overcome barriers to the advancement of telemedicine through the professional, ethical and equitable improvement in health care delivery.
Established in 1993 as a non-profit organization and headquartered in Washington, DC, membership in the Association is open to individuals, healthcare institutions, companies and other organizations with an interest in promoting the deployment of telemedicine throughout the world. ATA is governed by a Board of Directors, which is elected by the association's membership.
ATA’s mission includes:
- Educating and engaging government, payers and the public about telemedicine
- Providing a clearinghouse of information and services for both newcomers and experienced professionals
- Fostering networking and collaboration among allied interests in medicine and technology
- Promoting research, innovation and education
- Developing and disseminating policies and standards
- Ensuring a strong financial basis for the association to support operations
- Creating consumer awareness and support for telemedicine
ATA's national headquarters are located at:
American Telemedicine Association
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 540
Washington, DC 20036