WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 11, 2024 – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) today announced it has joined the Collaborative for Telehealth and Aging (C4TA), an initiative led by the West Health Institute (WHI). The ATA will serve as an Advisor to the C4TA, which is committed to accelerating the adoption of telehealth to meet the needs of seniors. WHI is a non-profit medical research organization dedicated to lowering healthcare costs and engaged in applied medical research and improving healthcare delivery for older Americans.

“The ATA has long been a proponent of using telehealth and virtual care technologies to better care for our aging population, not just to live longer, but to live better, to support our caregivers and improve our healthcare system to benefit all stages of life,” said Ann Mond Johnson, CEO, the ATA. “We are pleased to join the C4TA to accelerate the adoption of telehealth to meet the needs of seniors and enable individuals to remain vital, engaged and independent through their later years, and create a better health system for everyone.”

C4TA was established in 2021 by West Health, the University of Virginia, and the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center to gather experts from health systems, academic institutions, member organizations, and non-profit foundations focused on aging to develop and provide guidelines implementation tools for using telehealth with older adults.

“We are proud to welcome the American Telemedicine Association among the more than 35 national organizations joining our mission to enhance telehealth services for older adults,” says Dr. Zia Agha, Chief Medical Officer of West Health Institute. “Together, alongside experts in geriatrics, telehealth, and patient advocacy, collaborative members have established vital principles and guidelines to ensure equitable, accessible, and integrated remote care options. This collaboration underscores our shared commitment to improving the well-being of older adults across the nation.”

The ATA’s Healthy Aging Collaborative is a member forum focused on identifying and pursuing opportunities to make an impact on the daily life of our aging population through policy guidance and the use of technologies to ease the burden of communications, social isolation, and whole person care management. The ATA Healthy Aging Collaborative hosts quarterly webinars, providing insights and education for the broader community. The group recently published a report, Leveraging Telehealth to Support Caregivers and Those They Care For. 

About the ATA

As the only organization completely focused on advancing telehealth, the American Telemedicine Association is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and appropriate care when and where they need it, enabling the system to do more good for more people. The ATA represents a broad and inclusive member network of leading healthcare delivery systems, academic institutions, technology solution providers and payers, as well as partner organizations and alliances, working to advance industry adoption of telehealth, promote responsible policy, advocate for government and market normalization, and provide education and resources to help integrate virtual care into emerging value-based delivery models.


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