Change is coming to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). The organization yesterday announced Joseph Kvedar, M.D., of Boston-based Partners HealthCare, as president-elect. His year-long term will begin in April 2020.
Kvedar served as president of ATA from 2004 to 2005 and was on the board of directors from 2002 to 2006.
Kvedar will succeed John Glaser, Ph.D., executive senior adviser of Cerner. Glaser will become Immediate Past President.
“ATA has a renewed approach and a clear vision, to integrate virtual care into emerging value-based delivery models, focusing on the whole patient and collaboration between care settings,” Kvedar said.
He brings a deep focus of leveraging personal health technologies to improve care delivery and help providers and patients manage health.
He is vice president of Partners Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, where he launched multiple mobile health programs, virtual care initiatives and clinical research programs. The programs are designed to better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. The programs serve more than 1.5 million patients at Partners HealthCare-affiliated hospitals.
“Partners HealthCare has long supported innovation and the application of technology to solve some of our most vexing care delivery challenges,” said Gregg Meyer, M.D., chief clinical officer at Partners HealthCare. “(Kvedar) is a pragmatic and dogged visionary, and we are proud to have him lend his voice to ATA in support of widespread telehealth adoption.”
Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of the ATA, said that Kvedar will bring a unique combination of history and a forward-thinking approach.
“As our industry continues to evolve, creating new opportunities and challenges, I can think of no one better to help us navigate the changes and lead ATA into the future than Dr. Kvedar,” she said.
“I welcome the opportunity to beat the drum on telehealth adoption and look forward to working with the ATA board and our members, partners and other industry leaders to create the right market conditions, increase awareness and support necessary policy and reimbursement guidelines to accelerate telehealth adoption over the next three to five years,” Kvedar said.
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