The American Telemedicine Association has reimagined their annual conference and gone fully virtual–including an exhibit hall and poster displays. This year’s theme is “Moving at the Speed of Innovation…. Accelerating Telehealth Adoption”–if it hasn’t accelerated enough during the COVID pandemic, there’s always consolidating the gains.
Perhaps due to the complete cancellation of HIMSS and the addition of Joe Kvedar, MD, incoming ATA President, this year’s ATA has a five-day menu of healthcare leaders and over 300 speakers in 100+ sessions. Here’s a sample from the keynotes:
- Ken Abrams, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Deloitte Consulting
- Rachel Dunscombe, CEO, NHS Digital Academy; Tektology
- Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, Chair, AMA Board of Trustees
- Thomas Goetz, Chief of Research, GoodRx
- Jennifer Goldsack, Executive Director, Digital Medicine Society
- Victoria Guyatt, Head of Ethnography, IPSOS
- Joe Kvedar, MD, Professor, Harvard Medical School; Senior Advisor, Mass General Brigham (Partners HealthCare); Incoming President, the ATA
- Ali Parsa, Founder and CEO, Babylon Health
- Suchi Saria, Assoc. Professor, Machine Learning & Data Intensive Computing Group, Johns Hopkins University and Bayesian Health
- Jennifer Schneider, MD, President, Livongo
- Michelle Segar, Director, Univ. of Michigan Sport, Health and Activity Research & Policy Center
- Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer, Philips Healthcare
Registration is priced gently at $450. Full information, schedule, and registration here.
ATA 2020 Awards
The ATA Champion award this year is to the Veterans Health Administration, US Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA has been a leader in telehealth and store-forward technologies since, well, 2002 or so. VA Video Connect last year had 1.3 million appointments. (Sadly, your Editor’s former company, Viterion, which pioneered with VA in a RPM platform, is not currently a telehealth/RPM vendor–VA’s sole vendor is Medtronic.)
The President’s Award for the Transformation of Healthcare Delivery went to The Children’s Health Virtual Care Program at Children’s Health in Dallas. They have pioneered telemedicine programs for children.
The ATA’s Woman of the Year is Tania S. Malik, J.D., an entrepreneur and a lawyer focused on healthcare, and specifically, telehealth solutions that facilitate online patient-provider interactions for primary care, mental health treatment, and naturopathic and integrated medicine.
Six Fellows were also named to ATA’s College of Fellows. Release.