ATA 2015 Awards

Congratulation to the winners of the ATA 2015 Awards! These prestigious awards are provided annually in order to recognize substantial contributions toward the advancement of telemedicine.
The awards will be presented at the next annual meeting of the Association May, 2-5, 2015 in Los Angeles. 

2015 ATA President's Awards

Individual Leadership Award

Sponsored by Jay Sanders, MD of The Global Telemedicine Group

Brian Rosenfeld
Brian Rosenfeld, MD

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Philips Healthcare, Hospital to Home

Brian Rosenfeld, M.D., an Intensive Care Specialist whose vision and entrepreneurial drive brought to market remote intensive care unit management (eICU ®). He co-founded VISICU Inc. in 1998 and served as its Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer. During the early years, he was a driving force in the strategic product development, intellectual property protection, and sales and marketing. Through the use of comparative clinical and financial reporting, he developed the Clinical Transformation team used to implement and successfully manage the growing VISICU client base. He has been responsible for over 20 US and foreign patents along with the legal proceedings surrounding the protection of those patents.

He was intimately involved in both the successful IPO of VISICU in 2006 and its subsequent acquisition by Royal Phillips Electronics in 2008; and he is currently responsible for devising and implementing the strategic direction of telehealth within Phillips Healthcare. As Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital to Home business he is overseeing experimental clinical programs and the implementation of their coordinated telehealth platforms.

Prior to founding VISICU, Dr. Rosenfeld was an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Surgery and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Also while at Johns Hopkins, he was Director of two critical care units and received the Shannon Award from the National Institutes of Health for his clinical research. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Dr. Rosenfeld graduated magna cum laude, special honors in biology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in 1980 and then trained in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, anesthesiology, and critical care. During his anesthesiology and critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins, he was selected as chief resident. He has been inducted as a fellow in both the College of Critical Care Medicine and the College of Chest Physicians. He currently serves on the Boards of both NEHI, a healthcare think tank, and VTS a start-up in the telehealth space. 

Mike Breslow
Mike Breslow, MD

Vice President of Research and Development, Philips Healthcare, Hospital to Home

Dr. Breslow is Vice President and head of research and product innovation for Philips Healthcare Hospital-to-Home (H2H) organization. Prior to joining Philips, Dr. Breslow co-founded VISICU, Inc., a technology/service company providing innovative solutions for ICU care. Following Philips’ acquisition of VISICU, he led research and product marketing for the Philips Enterprise Patient Informatic Solutions business, which included VISICU, Emergin and the IntelliVue Clinical Information Portfolio. In this role, he was responsible for product strategy and development activities for US and international markets.

In 2012, Dr. Breslow assumed his current role, leading the development of innovative, highly efficient inpatient and outpatient solutions that enable health systems to improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs for high risk, high cost populations. Dr. Breslow also directs the H2H research programs, including the eICU Research Institute that utilizes data from more than 2 million eICU Program patients to support academic research, advance the understanding of critical care and drive technical and clinical innovations.

Prior to fouding VISICU, Dr. Breslow was associate professor of anesthesia, internal medicine, and surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During his time at Hopkins, Dr. Breslow directe the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and was head of the Division of Critical Care Medicine. He had a productive research career, receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association. His research focused on peri-operative problems and mechanisms responsible for trauma-related complications.

He has served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Association of University Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, and on the Critical Care Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He has been an associated editor of the journals Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiologists. Dr. Breslow was a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in 1972, with a B.A. degree in biochemistry. He graduated in 1976 from the Tufts University School of Medicine and went on to residency training in internal medicine and anesthesiology at Michael Reese Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, respectively. 

Sentrian, Remote Patient Intelligence

Innovation in Remote Health Care

Sponsored by InTouch Health

Sentrian, The Remote Patient Intelligence Company

Sentrian™, the Remote Patient Intelligence™ company, aspires to eliminate all preventable hospitalization by leveraging the revolution in biosensors and machine learning to remotely detect health deterioration in patients much earlier and with higher accuracy.  Sentrian’s value proposition to healthcare organizations is to provide a cloud-based remote patient monitoring and advanced analytics platform intended to dramatically reduce preventable hospital admissions, increase the efficiency and effectiveness of care teams and improve quality metrics such as HEDIS, and Star ratings. 

Center for Telehealth, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Health Delivery, Quality and Transformation

Sponsored by AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc. 

Center for Telehealth, University of Mississippi Medical Center

In over half of Mississippi counties, patients must drive more than 40 minutes to receive specialty health care. Without access to quality care, our state is falling short on national health standards. The Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is working to improve the availability of medical services in Mississippi.

Using online video technology, UMMC provides remote medical care, health education and public health services through telehealth. The Center for Telehealth offers telemedicine, wellness care, disaster response, workforce development, business development, research and education to people in all parts of Mississippi. Since the program began in 2003, UMMC services have helped more than half a million rural Mississippians in need. UMMC telehealth services now include over 30 different medical specialties, including adult and pediatric specialties, and extend to more than 100 clinical sites.

Providing the state with improved emergency medical services and specialty health care through telemedicine technology, UMMC Center for Telehealth is eliminating barriers to quality health care for Mississippians. 

2015 ATA Awards

ATA Lifetime Distinguished Service Award


Rashid Bashshur, PhD
Rashid Bashshur, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Management and Policy, Executive Director UMHS eHealth Center, University of Michigan Health System 

Rashid Bashshur is Executive Director of eHealth at the University of Michigan Health System and Emeritus Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Since the early 1970's, he has been a catalyst for the development and evaluation of telemedicine systems in the U.S. While at the National Academy of Sciences (Institute of Medicine), he was consultant to the Office of Economic Opportunity on the use of telecommunications to support rural health programs. He served as a member of the study section on health care applications at the RANN Program (Research Applied to National Need) of the National Science Foundation. The NSF awarded him a grant to evaluate a telemedicine program in rural Maine and to access the status of telemedicine nationwide. He organized the first two national conferences on telemedicine, whose proceedings were published as Telemedicine: Exploration in the Use of Telecommunications in Health Care, Charles Thomas Pub, 1975.

Over the past four decades, Dr. Bashshur has served as senior consultant to numerous telemedicine projects, agencies and governments, including, the Navy, Bell Laboratories, the Office of Technology Assessment, the Department of Defense, and several countries.

ATA Industry Council Award

Award supported by UCLA
Robert Jarrin
Robert Jarrin, JD 

Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm Incorporated 

Robert Jarrin is a Senior Director of Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated.  He is based in Washington, D.C., and represents Qualcomm on U.S. regulatory matters relating to wireless health and life sciences. 

Jarrin’s areas of responsibility include federal wireless health policy, healthcare legislative affairs, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of converged medical devices, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) healthcare efforts, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) telehealth reimbursement, and Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) regulation of health information technology.

Externally, Jarrin Chairs the Advisory Council to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Mobile Initiative (mHIMSS), leads the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Policy A-Team on Telehealth and Meaningful Use, is the U.S. Chair for the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TBC) eHealth Policy Sub-Working Group, Co-Chairs the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Health IT Working Group, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Medical Automation. 

Jarrin is on the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine.  Jarrin also provides lectures on mHealth, medical device regulations and health IT policy for Case Western Reserve University Case School of Engineering and the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Jarrin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Telerehabilitation SIG

Special Interest Group & Chapter Achievement Award

Award supported by Validic

The Telerehabilitation SIG

Telemedicine and eHealth Award

“The Empirical Foundations of Telemedicine Interventions for Chronic Disease Management”

Rashid L. Bashshur, PhD, Gary W. Shannon, Brian R. Smith, et al. 

ePoster Award 

Using Telehealth to Support and Improve Outcomes for an Orphan Disease
Donna Ussery, RN

Telehealth: If You Build it, Will the Average Patient Come?
Kevin Riddleberger, MBA, MS, PA-C

Reliability, Usability, and Adherence with a Real-time Automated Hovering Telehealth System in Older Adults with Heart Failure
Jarrett Evans, BA, MS

Risk Factors for Onset of Diabetic Retinopathy in a Pediatric Diabetes Ocular Telemedicine Program in Caracas, Venezuela
Kristen M. Hock, OD