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The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is seeking presentations for the scientific program at ATA 2018, the association's Annual Conference and Tradeshow focused exclusively on telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth. The meeting, expected to attract over 6,000 attendees, will take place April 29-May 1, 2018 in Chicago, IL. ATA’s annual conference attracts the world’s most renowned telehealth professionals from researchers, clinicians, hospital and university administrators, program managers and industry representatives. ATA is encouraging individuals from all areas of the telehealth industry to submit evidenced-based work for a limited number of presentation ...
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ATA’s New Forum will Convene Healthcare Industry Leaders on the Cutting Edge of Telemedicine Policy, Practice, and Advocacy WASHINGTON – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will host its annual Fall Forum, EDGE 2017, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 3-4, 2017. EDGE 2017 attendees will team up with top experts in robust, interactive knowledge-sharing sessions to identify value-based solutions, gain key insights on payer perspectives, and discover new ways of thinking about old problems in the telemedicine industry. “Now is the time to accelerate the advancement of telemedicine as the new frontier of delivering care,” said ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous. ...
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ATA recently launched a task force spearheaded by ATA President Dr. Peter Yellowlees. The task force focuses on the following goals: • Encouraging ATA members to use “green” outcomes as part of their routine measures, and describing such measures and outcomes. • Developing tools and guidelines for how ATA members can reduce fossil fuel use and carbon dioxide (CO2) production through less travel. • Demonstrating how telemedicine can create more environmentally sustainable practices and health systems. • Showing how telemedicine can mitigate and respond to health crises arising from both sudden and long-term climate change related events, such as warming, ...
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This week, ATA held an interview and conversation with ATA Board President Dr. Peter Yellowlees conducted by ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous. During the discussion, Dr. Yellowlees discussed his involvement with telemedicine, how the industry has transformed, scaling telemedicine internationally, effectively demonstrating value, and why some patients prefer telemedicine over in-person care. Brimming with optimism, Dr. Yellowlees honed in on the upward trajectory of telemedicine while also addressing issues the industry is facing —and how ATA will work to mitigate those challenges.  In addition, Dr. Yellowlees released his latest President's report to ATA membership. ...
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ATA's Student Paper Award recognizes graduate students, medical students, residents, and/or postdoctoral fellows who demonstrate excellence in telehealth-related studies and coursework.  2017 Annual Conference Student Paper Award Recipient Justin S. Whetteh, Research Assistant, University of New Mexico Benefits of a Neuro-Emergent Telemedicine Consultation Program ATA also selects three ePoster award recipients. ePosters are electronic posters that are presented during annual conference, and are judged by a select group of Education Committee members based on the overall appearance and content.   2017 ...
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The Texas legislature approved SB 1107, which removes existing clinical practice barriers for licensed telemedicine providers. The Governor is expected to sign the legislation.  The bill does the following: Amends the definition of “telemedicine and “telehealth” Removes requirements for a telepresenter Authorizes the medical, nursing, and pharmacy boards to develop regulations enforcing the statute Allows an initial practitioner–patient relationship to be established via telemedicine if provided via:  a synchronous audiovisual interaction;  an asynchronous encounter utilizing store-and-forward technology where the practitioner ...
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This week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored an important piece of telehealth legislation, the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870), and concluded that the bill would not increase or decrease Medicare spending.  The bill, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) includes four provisions intended to expand telehealth coverage under Medicare:  nationwide coverage for telestroke, home remote patient monitoring for dialysis therapy, enhanced telehealth coverage for ACOs, and more flexibility for telehealth coverage under Medicare Advantage plans.  In fact CBO stated that expanding telehealth to the home for Medicare dialysis treatment would be budget neutral. ...
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On February 6, 2017, the American Telemedicine Association Training Program Accreditation Committee voted to award accreditation for a Certificate in Telehealth offered by Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. The Telehealth Facilitator program is offered through the Institute of Emerging Health Professions at the University. The program consists of five learning modules (each designed to be completed in five weeks following the start of each program cohort), and successful completion of all program requirements will earn graduates a certificate and continuing medical education credits for some health professionals. While there are other Telehealth ...
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American Telemedicine Association Announces New Officers and Members of Association Board of Directors WASHINGTON – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) elected Peter Yellowlees, MD, MBBS, as President of the Association’s Board of Directors. Dr. Yellowlees is internationally renowned in telemedicine and long distance health and education. He worked in Australia for twenty years prior to transitioning to UC Davis in Sacramento, California where he is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Vice Chair of Faculty Development. Dr. Yellowlees is joined by the following members of the Board’s executive ...
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The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is thrilled to announce the ATA 2017 President’s Awards recipients, comprised of organizations and individuals who have stretched the boundaries of telehealth innovation and demonstrated superior healthcare delivery. The ATA 2017 President’s Awards recognize individuals and organizations on the forefront of healthcare technology for their significant impact to the development of telehealth. Awardees were honored at the ATA 2017: Telehealth 2.0 April 23-25, 2017 in Orlando. The following awards have been announced: The ATA Humanitarian Award Recipient: The Milagro Foundation and the Foundation for the ...
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The Santana Telehealth Project was honored with the 2017 ATA Humanitarian Award. The project was recognized during ATA 2017: Telehealth 2.0 — the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference, on April 23 in Orlando, FL. In partnership with the Milagro Foundation and the United States Foundation for the Children of Californias, the Santana Telehealth Project works to increase healthcare access through telehealth in underserved communities
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Avera eCARE™ announces the opening of a new telemedicine hub in San Antonio, Texas. Avera eCARE, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., is the most robust telemedicine network in the world offering comprehensive health care services 24/7 via high-definition, interactive video and sophisticated computer monitoring equipment. This expansion is part of Avera eCARE’s clinical service delivery model to partner with health systems in order to support more sites in a wider geographical footprint with advanced telemedicine services. Initially, the San Antonio hub will service Avera eCARE’s ePharmacy contract with Emerus, the nation’s first and largest operator of micro-hospitals ...
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Abstract: Health systems are increasingly using virtual care technology to meet patient demand for convenience and as part of a patient acquisition strategy. Historically, there has been limited evidence measuring the impact of virtual care on health system patient acquisition and the incremental revenue associated with these new patients. In this paper, we analyze the efficacy of virtual care as a patient acquisition vehicle for a leading health system customer of Zipnosis and Carrot Health. We used health system-collected data to track care received by a cohort of 974 virtual care users new to the health system, with new patients defined by the health ...
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In their latest final rule , the Department of Health and Human Services will defer network adequacy evaluations to states.  States with the capacity and resources to assess the network adequacy of their health plan provider networks will have more autonomy to promote the adoption of health care innovations such as telemedicine for use by hospitals, primary care, specialty care, and virtual network providers.   A number of states have already adopted the modernized Network Adequacy Model Act.  The recognition of telemedicine in the new model bill is essential for health plans to innovate the delivery of care and ensure consumers are provided with information ...
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AGNES Interactive Version 6.0 Delivers Third-Party Software-Based Video Conferencing Support with Vidyo Integration; Compiled Patient Assessment Reports; Universal EMR Integration; and Enhanced System Utilization Metrics. Chelmsford, MA, April 13, 2017– –AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. (AMD), the pioneer of clinical Telemedicine Encounter Management Solutions (TEMS) ®, announces their latest and sixth major enhancement release of AGNES Interactive software. The new release provides users with dramatically enhanced features and additional functionality that deepens third party integrations and expands collaboration between patients and healthcare providers. ...
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American Telemedicine Association Practice Guidelines for Telestroke and Child and Adolescent Telemental Health Now Available Online WASHINGTON – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) today released two new practice guidelines for telestroke and child and adolescent telemental health. Both are based on clinical and empirical research and will be used as educational tools and operational references for patient care. “The new guidelines advance the science of and growing need for telemedicine and help ensure uniform and effective quality of services for patients in need of these health-enhancing, life-saving services,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO ...
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More than 83 Percent of Executives Surveyed Plan to Invest in Telehealth this Year WASHINGTON The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) today released findings from their 2017 Telemedicine Executive Leadership Survey. The study reveals that telemedicine executives are overwhelmingly optimistic about the future of the telehealth industry and are planning near-term investments to keep pace with rapid transformation and growth of the industry. Key findings include: * 83% of respondents claimed they are likely to invest in telehealth this year * 88% of respondents plan to invest in technology related to telehealth this year * 98% of leaders ...
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Many women who have undergone breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy can receive postoperative follow-up via telemedicine, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery . At the Women's College Hospital in Toronto, 65 post-operative women were randomly assigned either to follow-up visits with their doctor or to follow-up via a QoC Health mobile app, which uses patient-provided photos and a questionnaire to monitor recovery. Using the app resulted in fewer in-clinic visits and made for a more engaged and content patient, the study found. Patients who used the mobile app attended 0.40 times fewer in-person visits for follow-up care, with ...
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Aimed at helping facilities reduce hospitalizations and optimize in-facility patient care . Chelmsford, MA, March 15, 2017 AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. (AMD), the pioneer of clinical Telemedicine Encounter Management Solutions (TEMS) (r), announces a new product series designed for skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. The new telemedicine product series aims to help facilities reduce avoidable hospitalizations and optimize their in-facility patient care. AMD's new offering includes three different systems - the Clinical Assist Series Tablet Cart, Laptop Cart and Modular Cart. Each system is configured and packaged with the telemedicine ...
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Experience and Simulation Areas and a Womens Executive Panel Take Center Stage at Premier Telehealth Industry Event March 14, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) As the telemedicine industry continues its upward growth, American Telemedicine Association is adding new features to its flagship conference, ATA 2017 Telehealth 2.0 . The leading industry event takes place April 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In addition to its host of other events, attendees can participate in the Experience Zone and Simulation Area tours, which enable attendees to test drive and interact with leading industry products and technologies. ...
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