"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ... Charles Darwin
In the continuing quest to bring you the 3Cs of "Content, Community and Collaboration", I offer you a summation of Day 1 of the ATA Mid-Year meeting
in Baltimore, Maryland ...
Every so often we get to see something important. In a perfect embodiment of the "Triple Helix"
of Academic, Industry, Government
collaboration the ATA presented a meeting yesterday that may be looked back upon as a milestone in the progression of "Telemedicine, mHealth, eHealth
" into the mainstream of American healthcare ...
The meeting was opened by an Academic
, ATA President Dr. Dale Halverson, M.D., Director, Center for Telehealth, University of New Mexico, who offered his welcome to the 500 or so assembled attendees. He was followed by Government
presentations from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), the NIH (National Institutes of Health), and a capstone presentation by Dr. Don Berwick, M.D., the recently installed Director of CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) ... Dr. Berwick's presentation was followed shortly thereafter by ATA Board Member, Dr. Reed Tuckson, M.D., Senior Vice President, United Health Group, an Industry
representative from the nation's largest health insurer...
... The exhibit hall was populated by Industry consolidators including GE Healthcare, Phillips, Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, and rapidly growing smaller colonizer companies such as AMD Telemedicine, Global Media, InTouch Health, WellDoc, Waldo Health, Cardiocom, MedVision, MedApps and IdeaLife ...
Medical technology is translated from "Lab to Market" thru an intricate interplay between Academic "Pioneers", who create innovation (funded and regulated by Government
), initially brought to market by Industry Colonizers, and scaled to mass markets by Consolidators...
We saw all these forces in play yesterday. Congratulations to the organizers of the ATA 2010 Mid-Year meeting for skillfully bringing together all of the elements of the "Triple Helix
". We look forward to Day 2 of the meeting which will feature more presentations from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), Continua Health Alliance, HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration), and Academic experts ... We can all anticipate even more interesting developments as ATA leadership is transitioned to venture capitalist, astronaut and physician, President-Elect Dr. Bernard Harris, M.D., in 2011.
... Interesting times indeed!
Look out for subsequent MedTech-IQ
posts. We will be providing details you can use about the new funding opportunities discussed at the meeting coming from NIH, CMS, HRSA, ect., and as always ...