Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations is now closed. 
If you submitted a presentation, you will receive a notification in January 2015. 

Recognized throughout the world as the premier forum for healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs in the telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth space, ATA’s peer reviewed educational program has set the industry standard for 20 years. 

Whether you are a novice or expert, clinician or engineer, CEO or industry partner, ATA 2015 presents opportunities to engage with thousands of thought-provoking leaders in the field and learn about telemedicine best practices and emerging applications from around the world.  

Please note:  All accepted speakers are required to pay the full registration fee for the meeting and other fees associated with attending the meeting including travel and hotel accommodations.

ATA 2015 Presentation Categories

ATA 2015 will highlight presentations that focus on best practices, cost savings, critical findings and innovative applications within one of the 9 presentation categories below:

  1. Research, Outcomes & Evidence – Findings from completed research based on a large population, which follow scientifically valid procedures and include data and critical findings.

  2. Business & Economics of Telehealth – Proven, sustainable business plans and public-private business ventures, securing and managing payment for services , cost reduction strategies, economic considerations for outsourcing clinical services and documenting return on investment (ROI).

  3. Legal and Regulatory – Includes new payment approaches, strategies for removing regulatory and legislative barriers, state, federal and international public policy innovations and tactics for expanding and sustaining policy support.

  4. Chronic Disease Management – Successful best practices and delivery models focused on treating chronic diseases including remote patient monitoring, payment strategies, reducing readmissions, outcome metrics for the treatment of specific chronic diseases, and technologies to empower patient self-care.

  5. Technology and Service Integration – Success stories integrating telemedicine, telehealth, mHealth, and HIT infrastructure, technologies and delivery models into healthcare delivery systems, automation of clinical diagnostics, treatment and decision-making, emerging technological advances or other “outside the box,” noteworthy advances in the telemedicine industry. (May not be commercial.)

  6. Operations and Implementation – Best practices, successful implementation and design strategies for service providers and model programs, including small practice implementation considerations.

  7. Direct-to-Consumer Services – Successful delivery models focused on patient engagement and the consumer market such as online direct-to-consumer services and patient portals.

  8. Mobile Health – New innovations and successful approaches to the integration of mobile technologies into existing systems of healthcare delivery with a focus on clinical practice and work flow and patient engagement, and mobile applications for patient care.

  9. Clinical Services – Includes service delivery models, outcomes and best practices within clinical specialty areas such as mental health, critical care, pediatrics, primary and urgent care, cardiology, dermatology, neurology, rehabilitation, etc.

Presentation Formats

An abstract may be submitted for any one of the following five presentation formats:

1.  Individual Oral Presentation

15-minute, stand-alone, independent presentation (not a panel presentation) to be placed within a concurrent session and track.  Presenter is allotted 20 minutes total, including 15 minutes for presentation time and 5 minutes for Q&A.  Presenter will be placed on a 60-minute individual oral panel, consisting of two other individual oral presentations of similar or related content.  Only one presenter per abstract.  The ATA Peer Review Committee reserves the right to accept an oral submission as an ePoster presentation. 

2.  Panel Presentation

Moderated panel presentation of 3 – 4 experts on a related topic.  Moderator leads discussion or individual presentations and Q&A with panel members.  The total session time is 60 minutes and typically consists of up to four 10-15 minute presentations, each followed by 5 minutes of questions, with 10-15 minutes at the end of the session for closing discussion or additional Q&A.  The panels will be judged as a whole and if it does not meet the criteria of the judges will be turned down in its entirety.  When submitting an abstract for a panel, contact information, bios and disclosures for all panel participants must be included.

3.  How-To Session

Tutorial for the novice in telehealth with 1 – 2 speakers.  Addresses a specific topic or issue in telehealth and provides practical lessons learned. The total session time is 60 minutes including a minimum time of 15 minutes allotted for questions and answers with the audience.  The panel will be judged as a whole and if it does not meet the criteria of the judges it will be turned down in its entirety.

4.  Individual ePoster Presentation

Scientific ePosters are accessible and on display at computer terminals Sunday, May 3rd – Tuesday, May 5th.  ePoster authors will present in a lightning round or rapid fire session and are allotted 4 minutes for an oral presentation (10 slides max) followed by 3 minutes for Q&A.  The ATA Peer Review Committee reserves the right to accept a poster submission as an oral presentation.  ePoster presentations will be judged by a committee and recognition will be given to the top four posters.  These posters are also eligible for the People's Choice Award.

5.  Pre-Meeting Certificate Course

Full-day (6 hours) and half-day (3 hours) courses provide comprehensive coverage of a specific topic related to telemedicine. Certificate courses are held on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd.  Saturday full-day courses are scheduled from 9:00am – 4:00pm with a one-hour lunch break.  Sunday full-day courses are scheduled from 8:00am – 3:00pm with a one-hour lunch break.   Sunday half-day courses are scheduled from 8:00am – 11:00am and 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  Full-day or half-day courses that are selected are placed in a morning, afternoon or full-day time slot.

Pre-Meeting Course proposals must include:  course title, course description (500 words or less), 3 – 5 course learning objectives, description of unique aspects of the course, list of takeaways, references, suggested reading list, course moderator’s name and contact information, complete list of faculty including contact information, bio (100 words maximum in length) and completed disclosure statement for each faculty person listed in the proposal. Contact information for moderator and faculty must include: name, credentials, title, organization, city, state, zip code, phone, fax, email.  There is a limit of one moderator plus 3 – 5 faculty for full-day courses and 1 – 2 faculty for half-day courses. Incomplete proposals will not be considered for inclusion in the program.  

Selection Criteria

All abstract submissions go through a peer-review process that ensures the integrity and relevance of educational content. Peer reviewers from all membership constituencies, including private, academic, corporate, institutional, and government sectors, carefully review and score abstracts to ensure the 2015 ATA educational program is one of high quality and geared toward meeting the diverse needs of those in attendance.

Abstracts must be submitted using the online abstract submission form.  Notifications will be sent by January 1, 2015. 

Selection Criteria for Abstracts

Submissions will be reviewed and scored according to the guidelines that follow.  This is an increasingly competitive process; abstracts with a high level of detail and specificity are encouraged.

Merit: What value will this presentation bring to the meeting?  From the narrative description, is the work conceptual, in progress or will it be completed by time of the meeting? How long has the service, program or project been underway? For research projects, studies or initiatives, is the topic conclusive and supported by results/data. Did it follow rigorous scientific principles such as control group, include significant numbers of participants, and include outcome results/data with critical findings in the field?  Has the research effort been published or submitted for publication?

Clarity of Abstract: Is the abstract description well-written? Does it clearly, concisely, and logically convey the intent of the presentation and support the title, background, objectives, takeaways and conclusions? 

Innovation: Is the topic innovative? Would this presentation add to our knowledge in any way? Has this information been presented before?

Relevance to Subject Area: Are the topics timely and relevant to the activities, initiatives or direction of telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth? Will this topic be of interest to the meeting attendees?

Non-Promotional/Commercial in Nature: Is this proposal educational in nature and non-commercial? Does the proposal adhere to ACCME standards?  Proposals that are written in a manner that promotes a product, company, or service will not be considered for presentation. 

Important Information for Submissions to ATA 2015

  • All speakers are required to pay the full registration fee for the meeting and other fees associated with attending the meeting including travel and hotel accommodations. Expenses associated with the preparation, submission, and presentation of an abstract are the responsibility of the author/presenter.  

  • Because there are a limited number of speaking slots at ATA 2015 it is important to understand when a speaker makes a commitment to present, others are unable to do so. Therefore, if a speaker is unable to attend the conference, ATA must be informed immediately. Substitutions must be approved in advance by ATA. No shows or failure to inform ATA in advance will result in a speaker being disqualified for presentation at future ATA meetings.

  • Upon notification, speakers will have 2 weeks to confirm participation in the 2015 ATA Annual Meeting.

  • An abstract may be submitted for only one presentation format.  Please do not submit the same abstract for two different presentation formats.

  • Abstracts must be submitted by September 17, 2014 using the online submission form. Submissions received by fax or mail will not be accepted. 

  • Speakers associated with any abstract submission are required to submit a disclosure statement with the submission. Panel and pre-meeting course submissions must include disclosure forms for all speakers and moderator(s) associated with the abstract. The disclosure statement is part of the online submission form and must be filled out for an abstract submission to be complete.

  • Speakers selected for individual oral, individual ePoster, panel presentations, or how-to sessions will have a specified amount of time to make the presentation on the topic area(s) detailed in the abstract proposal. There is a limit of two selected presentations per speaker/author for inclusion in the entire ATA 2015 program.

  • In an effort to prepare abstracts for publication, ATA reserves the right to edit presentation and/or session titles.  

  • ATA reserves the right to record presentations at the 2015 Annual Meeting for dissemination and/or sale on any media after the meeting.

  • Abstracts and presentations must adhere to ACCME standards and may not be commercial in nature. Continuing education credits will be offered through USF Health.

  • The Ninth Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium will be held in conjunction with ATA 2015.  The Colloquium will focus on the specific needs and opportunities for telemedicine with pediatric patients.

  • All accepted abstracts will be published in a journal and made available on the ATA web site. 

Steps for Submitting to ATA 2015

For submitting an abstract to ATA 2015, please be prepared to complete the following easy steps:

1.  Select your presentation category.

2.  Select your presentation format.

3.  Select a primary, secondary and tertiary presentation subject area.

4.  Select the content level for your presentation. 

5.  Provide contact information and bios for all participants associated with the presentation or course.

6.  List 3 presentation objectives. 

7.  List 2-3 presentation takeaways. 

8.  Prepare a well-written abstract narrative and title.

9. List references.

Abstracts must be no more than 500 words and suitable for publication. The abstract description should adequately convey - with sufficient supporting detail - what the author wishes to communicate on the subject and what the audience will get out of the presentation in order that the review committee can make an informed decision on the relevance of the proposed topic.  Abstract titles should clearly reflect or describe the abstract description, which in turn, must accurately reflect the learning objectives.  Abstract topics should be timely, relevant, and provide practical information for attendees. Abstracts should not be commercial in nature. Research or projects that are only in the proposal or conceptual stage and have not yet commenced will NOT be selected for inclusion in the program.

10.  Complete the online disclosure statement for all presenters participating in the presentation.

All speakers associated with any abstract submission (e.g. individual oral, individual ePoster, how-to or panel presentations and pre-meeting courses) are required to complete a Disclosure Statement.  An abstract will be considered incomplete without the disclosure statement and will not be reviewed for inclusion in the program. The disclosure statement is part of the online submission form.

11.  Indicate if you are a student who would like to be considered for the ATA Student Paper Award

Indicate if you are a student who would like to be considered for the ATA Student Paper Award.  The abstract submission will indicate whether there is interest in being considered for the ATA Student Paper Award.  A student is defined as a graduate student, medical student, resident, post doctorate or anyone in a full-time training program. To be eligible for the award, applicants must submit an abstract for an Individual Oral or ePoster presentation of their work and the abstract must be accepted for the ATA 2015 program. If accepted, the presenter must then submit a 3-page summary of his/her presentation to the Awards Committee within one month. A letter from the student's advisor must accompany the paper verifying (a) the student status of the submitter and (b) that the student was responsible for the majority of the work being presented. The student must be the presenting author at the Annual Meeting. Presentation of the award will be based on both the quality of the written paper and the presentation. 

Submission Deadline: September 17, 2014