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    ATA’s network includes thousands of healthcare professionals and thought-leaders focused on telehealth.

ATA communities are a great way to connect and get involved.

Members are encouraged to join Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Regional Chapters, and State Forums. These communities provide members access to information sharing, strategic brainstorming and guidance, and policy discussions with peers, policy-makers, practitioners and administrators. ATA communities are an integral part of the association.

Recognizing Excellence in Telehealth

Each year, the association elects members of distinction as new ATA Fellows. Election to the ATA College of Fellows is a high honor that recognizes significant achievements in telehealth, service to the general telehealth community, and service to ATA.

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ATA Members are encouraged to join specialized communities and forums. Select a group category to view the associated communities. Click on a community to learn more about its mission and leadership, and to join.

Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are organized around clinical specialties and unique topical areas within telehealth. SIG members network with peers, promote and support telehealth applications within their specialty, and provide authoritative guidance and information to the wider ATA membership. SIGs maintain regular communication through discussion groups and conference calls. They sponsor various activities throughout the year and meet in-person each spring at the ATA Annual Conference.

The Telerehabilitation SIG works to develop innovative systems “tools” to be used for telerehabilitation, to collect data of evidence-based outcomes of telerehabilitation clinical applications and acts as a resource for policy and reimbursement issues.

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Telemental Health

The Telemental Health Special Interest Group includes administrators, clinicians, and information technology professionals. Our goal is to enhance and support the use of technology in the delivery of mental health services.

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TeleICU & Acute Care

The TeleICU/Acute Care committee provides a stabilizing influence for organizational concepts and directions to be established and maintained with a visionary view for the TeleICU/Acute Care environment. The TeleICU/Acute Care SIG may collaborate with other SIGs on key aspects of driving telehealth forward within the acute care space.  Aspects may include advancing state and federal reimbursement, collecting and reporting quality metrics to validate improved outcomes, discussing and implementing evidence based standards, and transparently sharing information with committee members.

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Telehealth Nursing

The Telehealth Nursing SIG interests includes developing and reviewing existing standards and guidelines for telehealth nursing (e.g. competencies, core principles) and increasing awareness globally and disseminating information to one’s legislators or government health organization to advance the role of the telehealth nurse in the 21st century.

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The purpose of the Teledermatology SIG is to foster, promote and support the field of teledermatology within a diverse group of professionals. Areas of interest include developing standards and protocols for teledermatology, developing a database to collect teledermatology activity in the United States, reviewing literature for outcomes studies, and developing recommendations for reimbursement codes for teleconsultations. The SIG sponsors tutorials, courses and other educational seminars in Teledermatology as well as this web page that provides important information and numerous documents and reports in support of this specialty field.

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Ocular Telehealth

The Ocular Telehealth SIG (formally the International Consortium for Ocular Telehealth (ICOT) Chapter) promotes the development and advancement of the use of telemedicine in fields related to ophthalmology, optometry and optical engineering. Ocular Telehealth participants include individuals from academia, industry, government and healthcare with an interest in providing ocular care through telecommunications technology. The Ocular Telehealth SIG focuses on eye and adnexa issues, using the eye as a window to the health status of other related bodily systems.

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mHealth, Technology, and Distance Learning

The ATA mHealth, Technology, and Distance Learning Special Interest Group is the technology “center of excellence” and focus on technologies which enable meaningful practice and outcomes for providers and patients in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. The SIG expounds on telemedicine technologies and how they should be used by providers and patients in the practice of telemedicine including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and education for both clinical and educational applications = telemedicine and telehealth.

The scope of the mHealth, Technology, and Distance Learning SIG would exclude those technologies and practices where there is no prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.

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Home Telehealth & Remote Monitoring

This SIG was established in 1999 to support the expansion and utilization of telehealth, remote monitoring and disease management applications in the patient’s place of residence. These services may be provided through a variety of healthcare delivery models that include but are not limited to home care, hospital-based care, nursing home care, and call centers. Areas of interest include: raising public and professional awareness about the benefits derived from home telehealth and remote monitoring, developing practice guidelines and protocols, advocating for services through state and federal government funding, gathering information and developing a data repository for sharing information about outcomes of services to include quality of care, evaluating costs and benefits, and gathering resource information on available and evolving technologies. This SIG sponsors tutorials, courses, educational workshops and seminars and a web page that provides important information and numerous documents and reports in support of this field.



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Interstate Telehealth

The Interstate Telehealth Special Interest Group (SIG) creates a forum for national interstate communication, cooperation, coordination, and potential collaboration and advocacy in telehealth expansion across state borders. The SIG provides a network for sharing knowledge and experiences related to telehealth within the national community addressing individual state’s development and use of telehealth, as well as cross-border initiatives addressing a spectrum of clinical specialties and health issues both regional and global, respectful of each state’s needs, capabilities, and perspectives.

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Pediatric Telehealth

The purpose of the Pediatric Telehealth Special Interest Group is to promote and foster the growth and provision of a broad spectrum of telehealth services for infants, children and adolescents.

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Business & Finance

The ATA Business and Finance SIG serve as a collaborative network resource for highlighting successful business and financial telehealth and telemedicine strategies which support the development of sustainable and viable programs, services and healthcare solutions.

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Regional Chapters
Regional Chapters are similar to SIGs but are organized around geographic areas. Chapters may be organized around a state, region or international area. ATA Chapters maintain regular communication through community discussion boards and conference calls. They sponsor various activities throughout the year and meet in-person each spring at the ATA Annual Conference.
ATA Pacific Islands Chapter (PICATA)

The ATA Pacific Islands Chapter (PICATA) is an alliance of professionals with an interest in increasing the effectiveness of telemedicine in the Pacific Islands. The ATA Pacific Islands Chapter allows members to collaborate with each other, share ideas and experiences, and interface with one another utilizing the existing networks to enhance healthcare. The Chapter is a point of contact, resource, and advocate for the State of Hawaii in telemedicine and telehealth issues.

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ATA Latin-American & Caribbean Chapter (ATALACC)

The American Telemedicine Association Latin-American & Caribbean Chapter (ATALACC) is comprised of professionals from Latin-American and Caribbean countries that are committed to the development and application of telemedicine and medical informatics. ATALACC also seeks to provide a forum for the sharing of information and resources in order to educate and promote telemedicine initiatives in this region.

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The Councils represent ATA’s Circle members (Industry Council) and Institutions (Institutional Council).

ATA Industry Council  
The Industry Council is open exclusively to Platinum and Gold Members and provides a forum for the top telemedicine leaders to attend industry briefings. These meetings are closed to non-members and allow the IC to interact with high-level decision-makers and weigh in on issues of importance to the industry. The IC convenes bi-annually and at the ATA Annual Meeting.

ATA Institutional Council 
The ATA Institutional Council, composed exclusively by ATA Institutional Members, provides a forum for its Members to communicate with each other as well as ATA member groups and the ATA leadership. It also provides a forum for dialogue with industry and the public as it strives to expand the diffusion of telemedicine throughout healthcare. The Council also serves as a vehicle for its members to collaborate on mutually beneficial initiatives with a particular focus on understanding, addressing and promoting the unique needs of Institutional member organizations