American Telemedicine Association’s Global Forum on Telemedicine Report: Connecting the World through Partnerships

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) in sponsorship with the USAMRMC TATRC held the Global Forum on Telemedicine: Connecting the World through Partnerships in Las Vegas in September 2007. The goal of the forum was to bring together key stakeholders in global healthcare outreach. This report was generated as a result of this meeting and an International Roadmap for Action was developed that establishes a set of priorities and recommendations for action to improve healthcare using telemedicine and information technology (IT).

Letter from Hon S. Pak M.D., President ATA


On behalf of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) leadership, I am pleased to share with you the results of the Global Forum on Telemedicine: Connecting the World through Partnerships. Although there is a great deal of healthcare outreach efforts globally, there is a need to share resources and to leverage information technology to broaden their impact. The goal of the forum was to bring together key stakeholders in global healthcare outreach to explore a flexible framework and a sustainable business model to leverage telemedicine and information technology to extend outreach efforts. The forum resulted in an International Roadmap for Action that was developed by the authors based on the presentations and interactions from the 335 attendees and establishing a set of priorities and actions to improve healthcare using telemedicine and IT. This document is meant to be a start of an evolving dialogue to explore how the telemedicine community can be leveraged to improve the global disparity in healthcare. This report recommends a set of priorities and actions for improving health and healthcare through telemedicine and information technology (IT).

Recommendations fall into 6 categories: (1) Continue dialogue to create the telemedicine framework for multiple stakeholders; (2) Provide stakeholders with a way to identify and leverage existing resources; (3) Educate Grantors on the value of telemedicine as an enabler of medical outreach programs and to expand training programs and build competency in the healthcare workforce; (4) Alignment of international policy to support integration of telemedicine into country plans and support cross-country partnerships; (5) Development of communication infrastructure; (6) Integration of telemedicine programs for disaster relief.

We recognize the need for close collaboration and coordination with our partners, and we encourage continued international dialogue in creating a framework to broaden medical outreach using telemedicine.

Hon S. Pak, M.D.
President, American Telemedicine Association