Making Telehealth an Essential Component to Care Delivery for Older Adults

Pre-Conference Course

Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CDT

As the country’s population ages, older adults have higher expectations for the quality and caliber of post-acute and long-term care (PALTC). We cannot ignore this population. Post-acute care accounts for more than $60 billion annually and is expected to increase dramatically. Telehealth technologies should be an obvious choice to allow older adults to age in place and bring high-quality medical providers to the patient’s home or long-term care residence. And yet, few PALTC providers use telehealth in their service models.

These technologies can be used to proactively address the needs of residents within these communities by improving access to care and decreasing unnecessary transfers to hospitals or more acute settings. To address low telehealth adoption in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care settings (PALTC), The West Health Institute convened leading telehealth organizations (e.g., Cobble Hill LifeCare, Sharp, Avera eCARE, Curavi Health, AMDA, AGS, CCHP, UCSD Health and Foley & Lardner, LLP) to create an approach to increase telehealth adoption through understanding best practices. The result will be offered in this hands-on workshop, where experts will illustrate the value proposition of implementing telehealth in PALTC and give concrete strategies for developing successful telehealth programs. The models are specifically tailored for the PALTC environment, but the lessons learned in this interactive workshop are transferable to many settings in the healthcare continuum.

ATA is privileged to host this comprehensive program, offering attendees the first opportunity to learn from the original investigators of this project. Led by a multidisciplinary team, attendees will have a unique experience interacting and learning from leading experts. In addition, all attendees will receive a copy of West Health’s new guidebook, “A Practical Guide: Implementing Telehealth in Post-Acute & Long-Term Care.”


  • Kyle Faget, Special Counsel, Foley & Lardner
  • Zia Agha, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, West Health
  • Joshua Chodosh, Director of the Freedman Research Center on Aging, Technology, and Cognition Health (CATCH), NYU Langone and American Geriatrics Society
  • Joshua Hofmeyer, Senior Care Officer, Avera eCare
  • Michael Kurliand, Director of Telehealth, West Health
  • Alexandrea Cronin, Telehealth Research Coordinator, West Health
  • Juhi Israni, Informatics Analyst, West Health