This Month In Telemedicine – April 2014

May 14, 2014, by Lindsey Ingram in Healthcare, Video Conferencing

Telemedicine has grown over the last year. There are new applications in mobile health, a huge surge in online consultations, new biometric devices and large scale-deployments such as e-visits and remote monitoring. Today Telemedicine has essentially become “mainstream” in hospitals, the home, pharmacies and communities. It is a very interesting time to be in a changing health care system. 

ATA has been transporting itself to new places. It is one of the fastest growing associations in America, which is also an indicator of interest in the field. Due to its supporters and users, ATA has grown and will continue to grow and be successful.

ATA Basics:
ATA is made up of 7,500 – 8,000 individual members; including clinicians, researchers, policy analysts, HIT engineers, doctors, allied health, administrators and consultants. It also includes 150 – 200 health systems and networks that are members. These include hospitals, universities, health systems, government, agencies, military and medical societies. Finally, the association includes private vendor companies such as equipment vendors, venture capitalists, outsourced specialties, private payers, start-ups and Telecom providers.

ATA on the State Level:
There is significatn work being done to improve state licensure and practice areas. ATA’s compact among states would accelerate the application process. Nurses have a compact that they have put in place that would allow a nurse to be licensed in one state and able to practice in another state. This opens the doors to the expansion of crossing state boarders to consult a patient.

  • 45 states have policies on Medicaid that expand to Telemedicine
  • 21 states have mandated that private insurers pay for Telemedicine
  • 31 states have bills in for Telemedicine

ATA Standards and Priorities:
In order to advance Telemedicine and have it become a part of every day health care, there are guidelines in place to provide best practices and ways to use this kind of technology. Creating new guidelines begins with contracting out to researchers to do surveys and research on what has been don, and then complete a scoring process. Then, groups work on the standards and it goes back and forth internally to committees before finally going out to external reviews. After it goes out to public comment, it comes back for internal discussion and then it finally goes to the board.

With these standards and priorities set in place, it is important that the public feels assured that they are getting the best health care practices. The way that ATA ensures this is by increasingly working at the international level, collaborating with private organizations and by working with the media. ATA has been mentioned by various media sources over 200 times in the last month alone.

Get Involved!
The ATA annual meeting is taking place on May 18-20 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. Stop by and visit IVCi at Booth #5926!  Register here for a free exhibit hall pass.

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