ATA Receives PCORI Award for Telehealth Research Dissemination Forum

The ATA (American Telemedicine Association) has been awarded $50k in funding through the PCORI Engagement Awards Program to support the Telehealth Research Dissemination Forum


Arlington, VA – May 3, 2019. The ATA (American Telemedicine Association) has been awarded $50k in funding through the Eugene Washington Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Awards Program. These funds support the ATA’s Telehealth Research Dissemination Forum.

Sabrina Smith, DrHA, leads the engagement project at the ATA – together with a notable Steering Committee, including Elizabeth Krupinski, Ph.D., Curtis Lowery, M.D., S. David McSwain, M.D., Alan Pitt, M.D., and Thomas Wilson, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith indicated that the Telehealth Research Dissemination Forum is the first PCORI award for the ATA, leading the way for the association to expand its applied approach to telehealth implementation. It also provides an excellent opportunity to engage key stakeholders in moving research to practice and scale.

The project will focus on a field survey of the ATA’s members to assess the knowledge, attitudes, practices, and perception of the current gaps in telehealth research. In conjunction, the ATA will host the above-mentioned interactive Telehealth Research Dissemination Forum in partnership with IDEO, the leading global provider of Human Centered Design.

Ann Mond Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the ATA, was excited about the unique approach of the PCORI research dissemination award. She stated, “The Forum is designed to engage key stakeholders in conversations around the innovative and lasting solutions provided by telehealth that are transforming health and care through enhanced, efficient delivery.”

The Forum will be held in Washington, DC in late June. For more information, or to participate in the study, please contact Dr. Sabrina Smith at

The Telehealth Research Dissemination Forum is part of a portfolio of projects funded by PCORI. These projects aim to develop a community of patients and other stakeholders equipped to participate as partners in comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) and disseminate PCORI-funded study results. Through the Engagement Award Program, PCORI is creating an expansive network of individuals, communities, and organizations interested in and able to participate in, share, and use patient-centered CER.

According to Jean Slutsky, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer, “This forum was selected for Engagement Award funding because it brings together patients and other stakeholders to explore critical issues related to CER and communicate PCORI-funded research findings to key stakeholders. We look forward to working with the ATA throughout the course of their 2019 project.”

Dr. Smith’s project, and the other projects approved for funding by the PCORI Engagement Award Program, were selected through a highly competitive review process in which applications were assessed for their ability to meet PCORI’s engagement goals and objectives, as well as program criteria.
For more information about PCORI’s funding to support engagement efforts, visit

About PCORI: PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

About ATA

As the only organization completely focused on advancing telehealth, ATA is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to safe, effective, and appropriate care when and where they need it, enabling the system to do more good for more people. ATA represents a broad and inclusive member network of 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.