Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Still Time to Register for ATA

The ATA Mid-Year Meeting will be held at the beautiful Hyatt Grand Champions Resort Villas and Spa in Palm Springs on September 23-25. Come join executives and leaders to discuss telemental health, telemedicine technology, and emerging wireless as well as meet with clinically-based application developers to hear about the latest innovations and developments.

The program will highlight telemedicine’s role in healthcare reform and the stimulus program, social media and telemedicine, the successful use of telemedicine in a private practice, and the state of California’s telemedicine experience.

The meeting will present two great tracks with vital and up-to-the-minute information

• Track One sponsored by the ATA Technology Special Interest Group will feature “Cutting Edge and Off-The-Shelf Technology: Making the Right Decisions”

• Track Two will feature the “4th Annual Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium” jointly sponsored by the UC Davis Health System Office of Continuing Medical Education, UC Davis Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatrics Telehealth, UC Davis Health System Center for Health & Technology, along with the ATA Pediatric Telehealth Special Interest Group

Karen S Rheuban, M.C., President, American Telemedicine Association, Medical Director, Office of Telemedicine, Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for CME and External Affairs at the University of Virginia, will open the Conference along with Jonathan D. Linkous, CEO, ATA, and Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, ATA. The key leaders in the field will discuss telemedicine’s role in healthcare reform and stimulus programs. Hear all about the latest economic stimulus funding actions and the opportunities available.

Richard M. Satava, M.D. Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Washington MedicalCenter, and Senior Science Advisor to the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, will present highlights on the future of technology in healthcare.

The year 2009 is described as the year for wireless health. Accessing drug interaction information and communicating with doctors along with analyzing cardiac rhythms and MRI scans, are all becoming accepted applications over wireless phones. Robert Jarrin, Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm, Washington D.C. and Don Jones Vice President Business Development Health, Qualcomm, San Diego will talk about their company’s wireless healthcare projects and how the industry is projected to become a $7 billion industry by 2012.

To meet the needs for social media networking, Craig Stolz Principal, Stoltz Digital Strategies, LLC, will present a keynote address on “Social Media and Telemedicine: Reaching Customers, Patients and the Public on the Social Web.” Come to Palm Springs to learn how your organization can use the power of Twitter, Face book, YouTube, blogs, and other social media to get your message out.

Come early to take part in the Pre-Meeting Symposium to be held on September 23. The symposium organized by the Army Medical Research & Materiel Command, Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) will discuss “Innovative New Technologies to Identify and Treat Traumatic Brain Injuries: Crossover Technologies and Approaches between Military and Civilian Applications”.

This half day forum will provide a unique opportunity for leaders from disparate organizations involved in mental health telemedicine and related disciplines to convene, learn from each other, and explore opportunities to collaborate on new partnership models. The meeting will help TATRC identify opportunities to expand strategic operations and form new alliances.

Other events include a telemedicine 101 tutorial breakfast session to kick off the meeting, the inaugural assembly and organizational meeting, and the ATA Institutional Member Council Reception & Meeting.

To add even more for the attendees, a larger than ever exhibit hall will feature over 25 companies to showcase leading telemedicine products and services.

For more information on the program, on exhibiting, or to register, go to