ATA Leadership Launches New Task Force Focused on how Telemedicine Impacts Climate Change
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, disasters and the spread of infectious diseases.
ATA is recruiting volunteers for two project teams: (1) a team that will design the energy efficient small medical practice of the future; and (2) a team that will develop a portable urgent virtual care system. This is a two year task force, that will provide an interim report at the 2018 ATA conference.
Interested members can learn more about the task force and to register become a volunteer here. A conference call will be scheduled for early July for task force members.