American Telemedicine Association

By Jonah Comstock August 8, 2017
Jonathan Linkous, who has led the American Telemedicine Association as CEO for 24 years, has abruptly stepped down, with the ATA citing "personal reasons" and no statement so far from Linkous himself. “Jon was integral in the formation of the ATA and the telehealth industry,” Dr. Peter Yellowlee, ATA’s current board president, said in a statement. “We thank Jon for his many years of service and...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2017
What does telemedicine have to do with climate change?  That’s what the American Telemedicine Association is setting out to discover with a new task force, announced this week on the organization’s blog.  ATA is recruiting now for a two-year task force with four stated goals. First, the group will devise green outcomes that can be measured as part of how members routinely measure the outcome of...
By Jonah Comstock May 26, 2017
In the State of Texas, a major piece of telemedicine legislation is sitting on Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. Known as Senate Bill 1107 and House Bill 2697, the bill abolishes the requirement that patient-physician relationships be established with an in-person visit before telemedicine can be used. (Update: As expected, Abbott signed the bill on Saturday.) Texas is the final state of 50 to abolish...
By Heather Mack May 3, 2017
A group of US Senators introduced a new version of a bipartisan bill today seeking Medicare-covered expansion of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services nationwide. The bill was previously introduced by the six-Senator group, which is headed by Brian Schatz (D-HI), in February. Called the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act,...
By Heather Mack April 28, 2017
The American Telemedicine Association’s conference in Orlando, held earlier this week on April 24 and 25, hosted several partnership announcements, product launches and technology evolutions. Read on for MobiHealthNews’s roundup: Stratus Video, which has made a name for itself with its video-based language interpretation services through everyday technology like tablets and smartphones, has been...
By Heather Mack April 28, 2017
While the word “telemedicine” was once considered a catch-all term for any type of healthcare service administered remotely, it’s become evident over the last decade that the word can be applied to the myriad virtual care services, tools and companies out there today. So in effort to get an idea of where the industry is heading in the next few years, a panel at the American Telemedicine...
By Heather Mack April 25, 2017
As fun as FaceTime or other video calls can be, many people may choose to decline an incoming face-to-face chat for the simple reason of, well, not wanting to show their face. Understandably, when people are sick and are choosing to engage with their doctor virtually, they may not leap at the choice of a video visit. “When we talk about telemedicine, a lot of people immediately think video. But...
By Heather Mack April 25, 2017
The most visible and utilized telemedicine tools available today are mainly geared toward primary care, but there is a growing emergence of specialty and high-touch medicine delivered through telemedicine technology. Case in point, Royal Philips debuted its enterprise-level telemedicine software designed for use in intensive care units at the American Telemedicine Conference in Orlando. Philips’...
By Heather Mack April 24, 2017
Recovering from addiction is more than simply staying away from substances. Along with the myriad challenges of everyday life that could trigger relapses, many people going through addiction treatment also deal with anxiety that can make it even harder for them stay substance-free. That’s why MAP Health Management – the Austin, Texas-based remote monitoring and patient engagement company focused...
By Heather Mack April 24, 2017
At the American Telemedicine Association conference in Orlando today, telehealth provider American Well announced two developments the company has taken to expand their footprint, both in regards to consumer accessibility as well as ease of use for providers and health systems using the platform. In a move to nudge telemedicine more firmly into traditional healthcare, American Well  unveiled a...