EDGE 2017: Shaping the Future of Telemedicine

While healthcare providers are embracing the power of telemedicine more than ever, barriers are still challenging adoption of what we know to be an optimal solution to issues around healthcare cost, access, and quality. It’s time to come up with new ways to solve old problems. 

We’ve revamped our Fall Forum with you in mind. 
EDGE 2017, ATA’s fall forum, is an opportunity for the industry’s most innovative thinkers to work together to place the telemedicine industry on track to accelerate like never before. This event promises to be a truly one-of-a-kind experience, and is unlike any other ATA conference.

Long gone are the days of traditional conferences with long, talking-head presentations. At EDGE 2017, you will work alongside industry trailblazers in our Learning Labs, hear key market trends affecting the healthcare landscape from the Leavitt Group and Sage Growth Partners, get the inside scoop from POLITICO reporters during an Intelligence Briefing, and return to your organization with fresh, new relationships and ideas for growth.

We understand that the industry is asking for change and new, innovative models to learn and grow your organizations. We’ve heard you, and believe that ATA is the right organization to develop and deliver the tools required to bring you and your organization to the next level.

At EDGE 2017, we will look through new lenses of

  • specialty care,
  • rural access,
  • and patient empowerment

to spark new ideas to old problems. We will provide the opportunity for you – thought leaders and innovators – to come together and envision new systems, and develop new processes and best practices. Attendees will walk away with

  • operational tools,
  • payment innovations,
  • and service insights

that you can employ as we pioneer strategies that will forever change the future of telemedicine.

Spaces are limited and time is running out. Register today to ensure yourself a spot at this groundbreaking event!


Tell Congress to Move #TelehealthForward

Right now, Congress is drafting, debating, and revising legislation that will have a lasting impact on the future of telemedicine. What is decided in Washington, DC is critical to patients, providers, and payers alike.

One of these bills—the CONNECT for Health Act—is especially important. Currently, Medicare relies on an outmoded approach to managing the needs and costs for the growing number of beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions, who are homebound, or at-risk for inpatient stays.  Archaic reimbursement policies make it nearly impossible for Medicare patients in rural and urban areas to gain access to the high-quality care they deserve.

Another vital piece of legislation that’s made great headway is the CHRONIC Care Act. The bill, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), has been scored favorably by the Congressional Budget  Office (CBO), and is making its way to the Senate floor. The bill includes provisions that would break down barriers on telestroke use, reduce barriers so people can receive more in-home care, allow Medicare Advantage to tailor programs to beneficiaries, and and allow patients and providers more discretion and options.

The CONNECT for Health and CHRONIC Care Acts would remove major barriers to telemedicine expansion in Medicare, making it easier for patients to connect with their health care providers and helping to reduce costs. That’s why ATA supports these bills as key pieces of legislation we need to move #TelehealthForward.

This October, you have the opportunity to join fellow industry leaders to inform legislators of the key issues, challenges, and opportunities facing telemedicine at ATA’s Lobby Day. 

After a briefing by ATA policy leadership and a send-off by CONNECT for Health co-sponsor Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), EDGE 2017 attendees will bring their passion to Capitol Hill. Armed with talking points about key legislation and leave-behinds, EDGE 2017 attendees will ensure that policy makers understand the issues discussed during the forum.

What’s the best way to prepare yourself for these meetings with legislators? Attending EDGE 2017. Register now.

5 Things Healthcare Leaders Will Gain from EDGE 2017

Attention all healthcare thought leaders, innovators, and game changers – EDGE 2017 needs you! Clear your calendar for October 2-4 so you can attend THE event for industry influencers, where we will shape the future of telemedicine and healthcare delivery.

The Spotlight, Starring: You

At EDGE 2017, you can lead insightful discussions with fellow healthcare disruptors and change agents to discover new ways to think about old problems. This is the space for you – creative thinkers, policy innovators, tech leaders, and clinicians – to address the challenges currently facing our industry.

Resources & Tools

Last, but not least, attendees will walk away with what matters most – practical strategies, key insights, and the tools to create real, lasting change. You will also have access to the EDGE 2017 Mobile & Web App where you can revisit all presentations and continue to engage with fellow attendees long after you leave the District.

Insight & Learning Opportunities

EDGE 2017 features new interactive learning labs, a 360-degree collaboration led by industry thought leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Attendees will work side-by-side with EdgeXpert facilitators to tackle the most critical issues facing the telemedicine industry today.

Shape Telehealth Policy

After a briefing by ATA policy leadership, EDGE 2017 attendees will bring their passion to Capitol Hill, armed with talking points about key legislation and leave-behinds to ensure that policy makers understand the issues discussed during the forum. On the Hill, attendees will meet with key Members of Congress influential to shaping the future of telemedicine.

Build Your Network

Gain invaluable facetime with fellow innovators, change agents, and disruptors as you work together to shape the future of telemedicine and healthcare delivery. EDGE 2017 will push the boundaries of what is possible, and we need your voice in the conversation. Working together, we will explore innovations that connect the dots between practice, policy, and delivery.
Our impressive list of featured speakers come from diverse backgrounds and include Secretary David Shulkin, MD (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs), Chaitanya Dahagam, MD (IBM Watson Health), Sarah Sossong, MPH (FACHE of Massachusetts General Hospital), and more.

You don’t want to miss it! Space is limited, so register now to ensure yourself a seat at EDGE 2017!

Find your EDGE in Policy, Strategy, Action

We’re on the edge of a new era of healthcare. Technology is advancing. Healthcare legislation is changing on both the federal and state levels. Access is an area of increasing interest across specialties, and people are in dire need of quality, affordable healthcare.

As the leading association working to transform the way we deliver healthcare, the American Telemedicine Association is bringing together industry experts to develop actionable strategies for advancing the future of telehealth.

For many years , ATA has hosted an annual Fall Forum. This year, we are replacing it with something new – something that will help you find your edge and will shape the future of telemedicine.

EDGE 2017 will foster insightful discussions and networking among healthcare disruptors and change agents to discover new ways to think about old problems. In interactive learning labs, attendees will work side-by-side with industry thought leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences to tackle the most critical issues facing the telemedicine industry today: rural access, specialty care, personal health, and patient engagement.

We invite organizations and companies to send their leadership to our Forum to:

  • Learn from experts about what’s next in telemedicine
  • Network will fellow telemedicine professionals from around the country
  • Hear from those who are shaping policy on the national level
  • Get a hands-on experience like nothing else in our industry

Join us at EDGE 2017 to find your edge. Together, we will push the boundaries of what is possible by developing real-world solutions to real-world challenges.