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Telemedicine Related Associations and Agencies

Telemedicine is becoming big business in the United States. According to an analysis by Grandview Research, the market for telehealth hardware, software and services is expected to reach an astounding $2.8 billion by 2022. It’s not surprising, then that there are a number of associations and advocacy groups that have been formed to provide information and support to people interested in how telemedicine is changing our healthcare system.

American Telemedicine Association

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is a pioneering international resource and advocacy group that works to promote the use of advanced remote medical technologies. ATA members want to see telemedicine integrated into the healthcare system as a way to improve quality, affordability, and equality across the world. The non-profit organization, which was established in 1993 and is headquartered in Washington, DC, is open to individuals, healthcare institutions, companies, and others interested in promoting the use of telehealth technologies.

Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center

The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is a public interest organization that develops and distributes telehealth policy solutions designed to promote improvements in health and healthcare systems. CCHP was initially focused only on California telemedicine policies. It’s Telehealth Model Statute Report, became the basis for the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011, which allows California medical professionals to utilize telehealth and removes barriers to the practice of telemedicine. In 2012, the organization became the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center (NTRC-P) and today, has expanded its mission to include national health policy.

International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH)

The International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth is an organization determined to facilitate the “international dissemination of knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth and providing access to recognized experts in the field worldwide.” It serves as an umbrella for national telemedicine and eHealth organizations, assisting the startup of new organizations. It has close ties to the World Health Organization and International Telecommunication Union. The organization is open to councils, associated societies, corporations, and individuals.

International Council of Nurses (ICN) Telenursing Network

The ICN Telenursing Network strives to, educate, support and collaborate with nurses and nurse supporters from across the globe who have an interest in telenursing. They work to promote nursing involvement in the development and use of telehealth technologies, with the goal of improving the timeliness, quality and access of a broad range of healthcare services.

The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT)

The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) promotes the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services. The OAT provides funds to promote and improve telehealth services in rural areas, including: the Telehealth Grant Network Program, Rural Veterans Health Access Program, and the Telehealth Resource Centers Grant Program.

Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers

Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) have been established to provide assistance, education and information to organizations and individuals who are actively providing or interested in providing medical care at a distance. Their charter from the Office for Advancement of Telehealth is to assist in expanding of the availability of health care to underserved populations. Because they are federally funded, the assistance provided is generally free of charge.

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