Telemedicine/Telehealth Coalition of Associations

Association Partners 2014

The Telemedicine/Telehealth Coalition of Associations is an informal and broad based group of organizations that represent constituents with an interest in telemedicine.  This has been a long-standing priority of the ATA and is fundamental to the mission of the Association. Beyond participation in the ATA Annual Meeting, Coalition Associations work on Standards and Guidelines, Education, Policy, and a host of other joint activities.

The following associations are currently involved in sponsoring joint activities at ATA 2014


Once again this year, the ATA Pediatric Telehealth SIG and the American Academy of Pediatrics will be co-hosting the Pediatric Track. The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 62,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. With Telehealth increasingly becoming a component of pediatric practice, the AAP established a Section on Telehealth Care (SOTC),which is the AAP home for information on the delivery of pediatric care via e-mail, video conferencing, telephone care, telemedicine and other non-face-to-face technologies.

AOTA is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. The American Occupational Therapy Association advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public. ASHA members are active partners in the ATA Telerehabilitation SIG and can be found in booth 914 on the ATA exhibit hall floor.

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 173,070 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.  ASHA members are active partners in the ATA Telerehabilitation SIG and can be found in booth  914 on the ATA exhibit hall floor.

CATEL is a French organization created in October 1997. It has become a network of more than 16,000 individuals concerned with telemedicine (practitioners, firms, associations, institutions, labs…) and nearly 700 active members.  Its goal is to contribute to the development of telemedicine by (1) organizing meetings (including the annual International Telemedicine Day and international study tours; (2) communications including the website, Flash News, a monthly Newsletter, reports and publications: and (3) consulting services that help members develop and evaluate their telehealth projects and engage with large telemedicine project with international organizations working in the field.

CEDIA, the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association, is the leading global authority in the $14 billion home technology industry.  CEDIA is very interested in the Smart Home Industry and Telemedicine and Telehealth.

CEDIA represents 3,500 member companies worldwide and serves more than 22,000 industry professionals that manufacture, design, and integrate goods and services for the connected home.

CEDIA's mission is to be a core component of its members' prosperity. Built upon a strong volunteer foundation, CEDIA provides access to industry-leading education, certification, research, and consumer awareness. CEDIA serves as the go-to home technology source for consumers and professionals alike.

The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SOPE), a global biomedical and healthcare innovation network, was founded by three physicians in early 2011 as a non-profit member organization with a separate supporting tax-exempt foundation. Membership is open to both medical professionals and other healthcare stakeholders.

SOPE seeks to make a better world through improved healthcare delivery as it helps launch new businesses that increase job creation and global competition. Healthcare improvements include better treatment, greater and faster access and lower costs.

SOPE is unique in its make-up, leadership and mission and is at the forefront of realizing and increasing the speed-to-market of healthcare innovation. The society is the only international organization founded and led by physicians supporting physicians and other medical professionals on the front lines of healthcare delivery who need help in bringing their ideas, inventions and innovations to life. SOPE is the only “go-to place” for gaining knowledge from experienced medical professional entrepreneurs, as well as for learning about available sources of education and support services that help physicians and other medical professionals pursue an entrepreneurial path.

The American Telemedicine Association and the Tianjin, China 2014 Coordinating Committee are in the process of organizing ATA 2014 China - The First International Telemedicine Conference & Exhibition in the City of Tianjin, China, 25 minutes outside of Beijing by bullet train. The conference, scheduled for October 2014, will promote world-wide adoption of telemedicine and showcase the rich technology resources of the Tianjin area. The tradeshow and educational program is supported by all levels of government and will include and attract healthcare leaders from around the world and China.  Exhibit space is available through ATA (contact Sandy Hung and registration and program information can be found on the ATA website.

The Visual Communications Industry Group is an independent organization dedicated to working to influence the development of Industry-based standards for multimedia collaboration technologies and applications, to improve industry products and services, and to facilitate the exchange of information among its members.