Apr 29 2022
Patient-Centered Care

ATA2022: Positioning Virtual Care for Success in a Post-Pandemic World

The American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference will take place May 1–3 in Boston, with a focus on making telehealth a permanent care modality.

On April 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services extended the COVID-19 public health emergency for an additional 90 days, which also extended the use of telehealth waivers. However, it’s still unclear whether policy changes will be enacted to support telehealth’s long-term use before the emergency ends. However, many healthcare professionals are advocating for policy to avoid the “telehealth cliff.”

ATA2022, taking place May 1–3 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and hosted by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), will explore the current telehealth landscape and examine what will be necessary to establish telehealth as a permanent modality in care delivery.

HealthTech will be attending ATA2022 in person, making the event its first in-person conference since the start of the pandemic. Coverage will be focused on policy and the future of virtual care, how virtual care can mitigate clinician burnout, and pediatric use cases for telehealth.

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ATA2022 Sessions to Watch on the Latest in Virtual Care

On Sunday, May 1, Dr. Joseph Kvedar, professor at Harvard Medical School and board chair for ATA, will present a keynote session on barriers to larger telehealth adoption. The session, “Now What? Creating Opportunity in a Time of Uncertainty,” will explore the role patients, providers and payers could play in scaling telehealth in a multichannel healthcare delivery system.

Staff shortages are another major concern in healthcare as clinicians increasingly contend with burnout. On Monday, May 2, the session “Coping with Burnout: Supporting Clinician and Workforce Engagement, Wellness and Resiliency,” featuring Tania Malik, co-founder of Virtual Medical Services; Dr. Peter Yellowlees, chief wellness officer at UC Davis Health; and Marlene McDermott, senior director of therapy services at Array Behavioral Care, will examine how telehealth can support clinicians in maintaining workforce balance and morale.

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The session “Telehealth for Our Next Generation: Pediatric Models of Care” will focus on three pediatric health systems’ experience quickly implementing hybrid care models for their unique pediatric needs, lessons learned and outlooks for the future. It takes place Tuesday, May 3 and features Gigi Sorenson, corporate director of telehealth at Shriners Children’s; Dr. Saima Aftab, vice president of organizational initiatives and Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists chief of neonatology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital; Eduardo Fox, associate medical director of the IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic at Children’s National; and Tearsanee Carlisle Davis, director of clinical and advanced practice operations at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Other sessions to watch include Sunday’s deep-dive sessions, “Setting the Standard for the Future for Seamless RPM Innovation,” on how the development of global technical and data standards in remote patient monitoring will support the future of innovation while moving the needle in patient-centered care, and “Avoiding and Mitigating New Security Risks,” on protecting patient data amid new risks created by virtual care innovation.

Keep this page bookmarked for our ongoing coverage of ATA2022, which takes place May 1–3, 2022, in Boston. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthTechMag and join the conversation at #ATA2022.

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