Sunday, April 3, 2011

ATA 2011 Almost Here

The American Telemedicine Association’s 16th Annual International Meeting and Exposition on May 1-3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida will present many new ideas and thoughts at all of the sessions and exhibits. Attendees will walk away from the meeting with vast amounts of knowledge and expertise to help deal with today’s highly complex telemedicine/telehealth field.

Attendees will be able to see and hear how telemedicine, telehealth, and mhealth and all of the other 21st century technologies are achieving exciting results. A very special plenary session will feature conversations with a soldier, a nurse, and a child whose lives were saved because telemedicine technologies were used.

ATA meeting attendees will be able to hear highlights on important research studies related to remote monitoring. For example, remote monitoring is becoming necessary to reduce costs. It has been shown that hospitalization and the use of emergency rooms by COPD patients contributes considerably to the $800 billion anticipated to be spent on care over the next 20 years.

A session on this topic will discuss how a study is being conducted to identify which COPD patients are best suited to benefit from remote monitoring and could help greatly to reduce the cost for caring for COPD patients.

Other study results will be available regarding the use of remote monitoring on health outcomes and costs. A four year NIH sponsored study by the Yale University Medical Center is testing how effective telemonitoring is and also to see if a positive impact is being made specifically on outcomes in heart failure populations.

Several other presentations will reveal the results of a NHS study on home telehealth monitoring involving over 6,000 patients.. Other sessions will talk about studies concerning the effect of remote monitoring on hospital readmissions involving several hundred Congestive Heart Failure patients residing in Connecticut and Ontario Canada.

Preliminary data will also be available on data from two large ongoing randomized clinical trials reported by the VA San Diego Healthcare System and the University of California San Diego. The clinical trials so far offer evidence on the value of telemental health versus in-person therapy in treating PTSD.

It has been shown that continuous remote monitoring can make life and death differences for trauma patients on the way to the emergency room. A nineteen month study of several hundred trauma patients showed that the use of continuous monitoring of several key vital signs can have a significant effect on keeping patients alive while being transported to the emergency room.

Don’t miss attending the “how-to-sessions” that will provide practical tips for reimbursement, how to deliver care in other countries by using the right strategies and services, how to deal with the issues involved in moving data, such as standards, policies, interoperability, plus how to fully integrate telemedicine into individual private practices.

In addition to all of the information coming out of the meeting, ATA 2011 will have over 200,000 square feet exhibiting the latest telemedicine, telehealth, and mHealth technologies and services. See and handle thousands of cutting edge products and services available from a wide array of vendors. Nowhere else in the world will you be able to see so large a collection of remote medical technology products.

Go to to view the Virtual Exhibit Hall and to see the Expo’s mobile webpage. Online registration is available at

For more information on exhibiting, sponsorship, or advertising opportunities, contact, Sandy Hung at 202-223-4249 or by email at