ATA Fall Forum updates

If you are thinking about attending ATA’s Fall Forum sessions in Washington, DC this September, the early bird discount of $100 has a week to go–14 August is the last day. This year’s meeting also has, in addition to the conference, a National Telehealth Lobby Day (16 Sept) with short briefings on how to lobby, the key issues and a half-day to make those previously scheduled visits to your Senator or Representative. The updated schedule for the three-day conference is here.

Also for ATA 2016 in Minneapolis next 14-17 May, the call for presentations has just opened. See details here.

TTA is a media partner of ATA Fall Forum, and previously ATA 2014 and 2015.

ATA’s hottest trend: advancing to Healthcare 2.0 via personalized healthcare

Guest columnist Dr Vikrum (Sunny) Malhotra attended ATA 2015 earlier this month. This is the third of three articles on his observations on trends and companies to watch.

For those who attended the American Telemedicine Association‘s meeting in Los Angeles, the overarching trend was how a personal healthcare system is taking shape. The three pillars include: care anywhere, care networking and care customization.

The ATA stage opened with a keynote speech by Dr Sanjay Gupta about celebrating new innovation and technology advancements. This is the year where healthcare models are being built around patients in the home to support patient autonomy.These three pillars of personalized healthcare are being made possible by disruptive technologies, wearables/implantables, social networks and analytic technologies to automate remote care. Wearables and biosensors allow patients to move anywhere without interfering with day to day schedules while allowing for optimized data collection.

Access to care anywhere has been a challenge and is becoming realized through providing cheaper wireless tools that takes it to far corners. Dr Gupta focused on the use of telemedicine for delivery of care and its utility for improving access. He endorsed it as a tool for providing care for those with limited healthcare accessibility and locally for more a mainstream solution to a larger healthcare problem. We have seen telemedicine become mainstream (more…)

ATA trend #2: is this the ‘second generation’ of remote patient monitoring?

Guest columnist Dr Vikrum (Sunny) Malhotra attended ATA 2015 last week. This is the second of three articles on his observations on trends and companies to watch.

During the course of the ATA conference, I was inundated with the concept of “dumb” data whereby biosensors track patient clinical data and will alarm to clinical staff if outside designated parameters. However, the call center filter between the patient’s data and physician is often a primary cause of increased unnecessary admissions. The Sentrian Remote Patient Intelligence Platform (Sentrian RPI) received recognition for its advancement in utilization of sensors, enabling healthcare providers to utilize this “dumb” data and make it “smart”. For clinicians like myself, this was a new way of looking at an age old problem: “How do we safely and comprehensively support physician decision making at a standard high enough to detect pathologies earlier and more accurately?”

Sentrian has used machine learning to support the work of a dedicated clinical team by monitoring patient data 24/7 to detect subtle signs that warn a family member or care provider of future problems through biometric patterns of thousands of patients, comparing their medical histories, vitals and health information. This novel approach to remote monitoring won Sentrian the ATA President’s Innovation Award. (more…)

Teen inventor develops video communicator, med dispenser debuting at ATA 2015

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]Teen inventors come up with interesting designs and apps at science fairs and codeathons, but it’s unusual when a 15 year old brings to market an assistive technology product targeted to remote caregiving and socialization of much older people. This is the case with iC Loved Ones, a smartphone/tablet + independently controlled med dispenser for remote caring. A desktop PC, smartphone or tablet loaded with the iC Loved Ones app remotely controls the dispenser, delivering medications in pre-loaded dishes. A separate smartphone or tablet, which can be positioned anywhere in the home on the provided stand, is used for video chat and virtual visits. The auto-answer setup (more…)

ATA 2015: keynotes, concurrent sessions and trade show

Now available on the ATA 2015 website are the full speaker lineup, including keynote speakers Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN’s chief medical correspondent and Yulun Wang, CEO of InTouch Health, Patrick Soon-Shiong, healthcare investor extraordinaire and Chairman/CEO of NantHealth and Reed Tuckson, ATA’s president elect. Click here to investigate the concurrent sessions. Speaker abstracts are helpfully compiled in Telemedicine & e-Health (PDF).  There are also pre-meeting professional development certificate courses on Saturday and Sunday, a separate Telemedicine Investor & Strategic Summit on Monday and Industry Executive Sessions on Monday and Tuesday. TTA is a media partner of the 20th Annual Meeting ATA 2015.

Keynote speakers at ATA 2015

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”200″ /]There’s a diverse group of keynoters at this year’s American Telemedicine Association annual meeting in Los Angeles. They include Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent and a practicing neurosurgeon; Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, founder/CEO of the Healthcare Transformation Institute and NantWorks; Yulun Wang, PhD, President of ATA and CEO of InTouch Health; Reed V. Tuckson, MD, ATA President-Elect, Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections, former Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group and Senior Vice President for Professional Standards of the American Medical Association;LTG (Ret.) James Peake, MD, ATA Vice President, President of CGI Federal, former US Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Surgeon General of the US Army; and Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Health Care Policy and Medicine, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School. For more information on ATA 2015 and to register, click here. Telehealth & Telecare Aware is a media partner of ATA 2015.