ATA Awarded Two Federal Grants to Advance Telemedicine Standards and Public Advocacy

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provided $200,000 to support ATA’s work in the developing standards and best practice guidelines for remote medical services. The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) granted $155,000 for ATA to offer additional public policy and regulatory information regarding telemedicine—particularly at the state level.

American Telemedicine Association

American Telemedicine Association

This is a clear indicator of the Federal government’s interest in telemedicine, as well as its support of ATA as a driver in the growing telehealth industry.

The American Telemedicine Association has been awarded Federal grants that will help the ATA immediately expand services in two priority areas: the development of new clinical standards and public policy. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provided $200,000 to support ATA’s work in the developing standards and best practice guidelines for remote medical services. The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) granted $155,000 for ATA to offer additional public policy and regulatory information regarding telemedicine—particularly at the state level. Both grants are effective immediately.

“This is a clear indicator of the Federal government’s interest in telemedicine, as well as its support of ATA as a driver in the growing telehealth industry,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association. “The two grants will help take telemedicine services into the mainstream of healthcare, by creating new quality assurance guidelines and educating the public on policy opportunities and regulatory barriers to telehealth. We appreciate the important support from these Federal agencies.”

Standards guidelines developed with NIST funding will focus on the industry-critical specialty areas of teleICU, urgent/primary care and telepathology. Each document will cover the clinical, technological and administrative best practices for the defined service and will be adaptable to a variety of delivery models, including broadband video and mobile devices. ATA’s standards guidelines are developed in consultation with ATA members, clinical practitioners, researchers and key industry stakeholders. Information on ATA’s existing standards and guidelines is available at http://www.americantelemed.org/standards.

The focus of the HRSA grant will be on state telemedicine policies. ATA will develop a library of policy “best practice" resources for telehealth providers, legislators and executive leaders at the state level. ATA will also track and make available long term benefit outcomes for other payers making maximum use of the States as laboratories for innovation. Integral to this project is ATA’s relationship with the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.

The American Telemedicine Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is the leading resource for the delivery of healthcare using telecommunications technologies. ATA and its diverse membership of medical institutions, professionals and healthcare and technology companies work together to guide the use of telemedicine to improve quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. Established in 1993, ATA is headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://www.americantelemed.org.

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