ATA 2014 Daily News
May. 21, 2014

Telemedicine: The healthcare delivery revolution
Tuesday Plenary Keynotes preview the future of telehealth

Jonathan Woodson, M.D.

Yulun Wang, Ph.D.
Tuesday's Keynote was headlined by both Jonathan Woodson, M.D., Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and Yulun Wang, Ph.D., ATA President-Elect, took center stage offering their take on the future of telemedicine.

Dr. Woodson focused on how telehealth provides both a promise and opportunity for the U.S. military. He said we are, " the middle of a revolution of how we deliver healthcare." He previewed what's to come for the troops in terms of telehealth technology which included ways to deliver care to the world's harshest and most remote areas. He strongly believes that the global health mission can be achieved through the practice of telemedicine.

ATA's President-Elect, Yulun Wang, Ph.D., immediately followed. He provided attendees his take on the industry's year ahead. His mission of positivity and hope reflected his personal driving forces for serving ATA for the past 10 years. "Telemedicine is at an inflection point...we must solve our healthcare imperative," he said.

He ensured during his tenure the progress towards widespread telemedicine adoption will continue and he will work together with ATA and its members to enhance the practice and its implementation.

"As the largest and No. 1 telemedicine association, we will make sure the legacy continues," Dr. Wang concluded.More

President's Awards Breakfast recognizes telemedicine's finest

It was a morning amongst the telemedicine stars at Tuesday's Awards Breakfast and Plenary supported by GlobalMed. The breakfast began with a small serenade by an actual doctor duo, with a snippet of their 18-year-old musical, "Damaged Care." To the tune of well-known Disney hits, the team performed satirical songs mimicking the current state of U.S. health affairs including one in particular, titled, "Take Our Test.”

The ATA Annual President's Awards for Advancement of Telemedicine ceremony immediately followed, hosted appropriately by ATA President Edward Brown, M.D. Jay Sanders, M.D., ATA President Emeritus, presented the Individual Award to Ronald C. Merrell, M.D., FACS.  Dr. Merrell has an extensive and impressive list of accomplishments, of which include his tenure as a NASA advisor in aerospace medicine and researcher in telemedicine.

Following the Individual Award, ATA CEO John Linkous snuck his way on stage to present the Individual Leadership Award. Dr. Jay Sanders, unexpectedly, found himself in a dual role, not only as a presenter, but as an award recipient. Linkous referred to Dr. Sanders as, "the father of telemedicine." Sanders thanked all those who guided him in his telehealth career including all those in the field who have, "made his professor's dream come true."

The Award for Health Care Delivery Quality and Innovation then followed, which was presented by AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc. The Center for Rural Health Innovation: MY Health-e-schools was this year's winner. Driven by Executive Director Amanda Martin and Medical Director Dr. Steve North, the team delivers school-based healthcare to some of North Carolina's most rural areas.

ATA President-Elect, Yulun Wang presented the Innovation for Remote Health Care Award to this year's recipient Burke Mental Health Emergency Center. The Burke team successfully created the first 24-7 emergency telepsychiatry unit to serve the community of Lufkin, Texas.

The SIG & Chapter Achievement Award went to the Telemental Health SIG. Supported by UnitedHealth Group, the award was presented to Carolyn Turvey, Ph.D., SIG Chair, and Elizabeth Brooks, Ph.D., SIG Vice Chair.

Roy Schoenberg, M.D., MPH, received the Industry Council Award, supported by AT&T. Dr. Schoenberg is the co-founder and CEO of American Well and introduced the telehealth brokerage framework that powers it systems. Both humbled and honored he said, “Telemedicine is a palpable force driving the [healthcare] industry...we will soon see people no longer seeking medicine, but rather it will be woven into the fabric of their lives.”

The finalists for the ePosters were the last to be announced, in which the presenter pointed out the finalists composed of all women and which she observed to be, "the future of telemedicine."More

Industry Council Executive Session

Moderator of the executive session, Chris Seper, CEO of sought out tough questions to ask a panel of experts from the ATA Industry Council about current trends, topics and innovations within the industry. The panelists and attendees, both, were able to communicate with each other and share their experience and opinion on the issues facing the growing and diverse field. "Telemedicine space is dynamic and is currently experiencing a lot of's a tremendous place to be," said panelist John Palumbo, President of MD Aligne.More

ePoster Lightning Rounds & Meet the Author

ePoster Lightning Rounds were new to ATA 2014 this year. The presentations were done in 4-minute increments followed by a chance for the audience members to meet the author. This format allowed the attendees to receive a broader base of information in a smaller amount of time, all the while offering a chance to learn more if it peeked their interest. Tuesday morning's ePosters honed in on a patient-focused care, chronic disease management and federal programs. Presentations included new models for virtual-based care in addition to smartphone-based systems for diabetes management.More

Best Practices for Telemental Health Training

Panelists focused on identifying lessons learned in an effort to begin developing a best-practices approach to Telemental Health training. Their discussion included targeting training techniques to specific populations, and understanding the differences between initial, one-time, and on-going training needs. The panel featured strategies that smaller and more localized organizations may engage to incorporate these best practices into existing healthcare operations.More

Improving Senior Healthcare Through Telemedicine

Presenters discussed the utility of geriatric telemedicine as well as the benefits. Additionally, the panel detailed the geriatric telehealth network they have created through the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.More

If you missed a session...

If you missed a session you would have liked to attend, you still have a chance to learn about it! All concurrent session presentations and many pre-meeting courses at ATA 2014 were recorded and will be available for purchase on ATA's new online Learning Center. The digital recordings include the presenter's audio and synced PowerPoint slides, providing full, multi-media experience of the event. For more information on the Learning Center, click here.More


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Thank you for experiencing 'America's Charm City' with us!

With nearly 5,000 attendees representing thousands of companies and institutions, we want to thank you for attending ATA 2014 where we brought together healthcare professionals and leading telemedicine programs to share new clinical research, best practices and innovative business models. Our industry wouldn't be what it is today if it wasn't for each and every one of you. We have enjoyed the time with you in Baltimore, and look forward to future meetings.More

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