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| April 17, 2020

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, ATA, CTA Create Directory of Telehealth Technologies

Marina Turea

Marina is passionate about all emerging technologies in the healthcare space and love to write about all of them. Marina is passionate about all emerging technologies in the healthcare space and love to write about all of them.

Recently, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® unveiled an innovative website featuring telehealth technology solutions during the coronavirus pandemic. The very useful website, TechHealthDirectory.com, was developed and hosted through Amazon Web Services (AWS). The website features an ever-expanding list of digital health resources, such as telemedicine, remote monitoring and real-time communication between clinicians and patients. These tools assist the health care system in finding solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 What digital healthcare experts have to say

“Our industry uses innovation to improves lives to help during this time of crisis, and we are rising to the challenge,” said Gary Shapiro, president, and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “The new website will assist health care providers in finding telehealth solutions to address a variety of medical conditions. We are proud to donate our time and expertise to help during this critical time of need. While much is still uncertain about the COVID-19 outbreak, there’s never been more innovative technology solutions available to everyone.”

“The Trump Administration understands the ability of telemedicine and other digital health solutions in keeping Americans safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. The administration is making it a priority to increase access to this technology for doctors and patients alike. We want to thank our country’s technology leaders for continuing action, doing their part of this truly whole-of-America response to the coronavirus pandemic,” stated Michael Kratsios, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

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“Professionals all across the health care system and the public sector are working around the clock to address the coronavirus pandemic. Providing these professionals with access to cutting edge tech is one way we support their efforts,” commented Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services. “Amazon Web Services is pleased to provide the cloud infrastructure hosting TechHealthDirectory.com to help make sure health care professionals across the globe have access to this vital resource.”

 How digital healthcare can help

The innovative online directory connects patients, doctors, and companies with health care solutions and resources as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the country. This volunteer effort was developed by ATA and CTA for health care providers in response to a federal request for help during this national emergency. The new site will be continually updated with digital health products and companies as these resources are found. Digital health companies that want to be considered for the website may submit their information here.

Telehealth is enabling the quick diagnosis and treatment of people, while at the same time, limiting the risk spreading the virus person-to-person,” observed Ann Mond Johnson, CEO, of the American Telemedicine Association. “Telehealth solutions have proven very valuable, not only during this public health crisis but also in day-to-day health care. We’re inspired by our people on the frontlines, and proudly stand with CTA and AWS to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and provide access to quality care for everyone through telehealth.”

The Consumer Technology Association recently released a new set of voluntary, industry-created, principles for virtual health care. These principles both address and advance the use of virtual health care tools; these include remote patient monitoring, telemedicine and real-time communication between clinicians and patients. The Guiding Principles on Virtual Care were developed and reviewed by the association’s member companies including BioIntelliSense, 98point6, Doctor On Demand, Validic and Livongo.

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CTA is following how the COVID-19 pandemic is meaningful to the technology sector; the association is highlighting member insights, the latest CTA research, and links to government resources. For more information, look into CTA’s COVID-19 digital health resources.


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