At ATA18 you’ll have the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers who are passionate about designing the future healthcare. That’s why each year we select keynote speakers who bring a range of perspectives to the mic: 2018 is no exception.Join us in the Arie Crown Theatre to be sure not to miss out on this stellar lineup!

Keynote Speaker Robert Wachter, M.D.Sunday, April 29th, 11:00am – 12:15pm
Robert Wachter, MD, Best-Selling Author
Past, Present & Future: The Next Generation of Digital Telehealth
ATA leadership welcomes you to ATA18 for the Association’s 25th Anniversary year. Bob Wachter, MD, will follow with a look at the evolution of healthcare and what’s coming next. After hearing him, you’ll understand why Modern Healthcare named him one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare.



Keynote Speaker Lisa Bielamowicz, M.D.
Monday, April 30th, 8:00am – 9:15am
Lisa Bielamowicz, MD, Co-Founder and President, Gist Healthcare LLC
Navigating a Turbulent Healthcare Landscape
2018 is shaping up to be a year of reckoning for health care. While the industry dodged the bullet of full Obamacare repeal, pressure on entitlements will only increase in the wake of tax cuts. Mergers, cost-cutting, retail strategies and other trends in the market are reshaping American healthcare. Meanwhile, new technologies and drugs, disruptive innovators, and the rise of AI are beginning to upend traditional players. Dr. Lisa Bielamowicz, President of Gist Healthcare, will identify key strategies for success in the turbulent market—and predict how telehealth will alter the landscape.


Tuesday, May 1st, 8:00am – 9:15am

Jo Ann Jenkins, C.E.O., AARP
The Future of Consumer-Oriented Care
When it comes to healthcare, consumers aren’t able to easily “connect the dots,” or obtain the critical measures that could help them fully understand the quality of their care. AARP’s CEO, Jo Ann Jenkins, addresses healthcare issues from the consumer’s perspective to help you identify what you’ll need to know to succeed in tomorrow’s healthcare model. This will also be the moment when ATA’s next president, Dr. Andrew Watson, takes the reins.


Speaker’s Corner

The Speaker’s Corner will feature discussions and debates on the hottest topics and most pressing issues faced by the telemedicine profession. Inspired by London’s Hyde Park bastion of free speech, The Speaker’s Corner offers a great opportunity for industry leaders to show how their organizations are creating realistic and sustainable solutions that are accelerating healthcare transformation.


Sunday, April 29th, 1:15pm – 2:15pm
Cybersecurity: 10 things you should keep your eye on
Your top priority is to ensure the best possible care for your patients. Hear how organizations such as DXC Technology, monitors and stays ahead of the most pressing cybersecurity challenges we face.

Robert Wah, MD, Global Chief Medical Officer, DXC Technology

Greg Garcia, Executive Director for Cybersecurity, Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council

Chris Pagano, Consulting Director, Virtual Health, SG2, Moderator

Paul Connelly, Vice President of Information Protection & Security and Chief Information Security Officer, HCA Healthcare

Sunday, April 29th, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Everything You Need to Know About Remote Monitoring: What’s Now and What’s New
Remote patient monitoring is a core use of telemedicine, and one of the fastest growing segments in healthcare. Learn how some of the nation’s largest integrated delivery networks are using remote monitoring to care for their communities, and what these experts see as the most important trends in this important component of healthcare delivery.

Speaker Kristi Henderson, DNP, NP-BC,FAEN

Kristi Henderson, DNP, NP-BC,FAEN, Vice President, Innovation and Virtual Care, Ascension’s Texas Ministry

Speaker Laurie Poole, RN

Laurie Poole, RN, Vice President, Telemedicine Solutions, Ontario Telemedicine Network

Speaker Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Vice President, UPMC, Medical Director of Telemedicine

Speaker Bret Sharp

Bret Sharp, Research Director, KLAS, Moderator

Monday, April 30th, 10:15am – 11:15am
Technology in service to patients and consumers: Emerging trends in Virtual Care
If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?  If a healthcare technology makes no measurable impact on value and consumer experience, does it even matter?  Join Accenture, Lemhi Ventures and Third Horizon Strategies to learn about the most significant emerging virtual care technologies and how they will affect healthcare overall.

Speaker Kaveh Safavi

Kaveh Safavi, M.D., J.D., Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Health Practice, Accenture


Speaker Jodi Hubler

Jodi Hubler
Managing Director of Lemhi Ventures

Speaker David Smith

David Smith
Founder of Third Horizons Strategies

Ann Mond Johnson, CEO, American Telemedicine Association, Moderator

Monday, April 30th, 11:30am – 12:30pm
What does artificial intelligence have to do with population health?
Precision medicine and artificial intelligence have the potential to bring about tectonic shifts to the face of health care. What are some of the most promising applications of these technologies, and what do they portend for the future of healthcare?  Innovative organizations such as Boston-based Partners HealthCare are leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to identify those at highest risk for CHF readmissions.  Join Partners Connected Care Health Innovations, Deloitte, and Clarify Health Solution who will share compelling findings and actionable insights from applying AI and deep learning technology to reducing CHF 30-day readmissions.

Speaker Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH

Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, Senior Director, Partners Connected Health Innovation

Speaker Alexandra Pelletie

Alexandra Pelletier, Senior Manager, Global Innovation, Deloitte

Jean Drouin, Founder and CEO, Clarify Health Solutions

Kevin Agatstein, Founder, Agate Consulting, Moderator

Monday, April 30th, 1:45pm – 2:45pm
New Models for Telehealth at Scale: Strategic Telehealth Expansion Initiatives at DoD and VA The joint U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) panel will present brief overviews of both the Military Health System (MHS) Virtual Health as well as Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Telehealth Services’ accomplishments, joint collaborations, and highlight future strategic alignment of expansion initiatives in support of DoD Military Medicine and Veteran Health Care.

Jennifer Holloman, Deputy Chief, Army Virtual Health,

CDR Marc Herwitz, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)

Antonio J. Eppolito, LtCol USAF, MC, FS, Chief USAF Telehealth

John Peters, Telehealth Services, Department of Veterans Affairs Office


LTC Francisco Dominicci, Chief Information Officer & Director Health IT, Colorado Springs Military Health System, Moderator

Monday, April 30th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Connected to Recovery: Telemedicine’s Solutions to the Opioid Crisis
With the opioid overdose epidemic claiming more than 175 lives every day, America is facing a dire public health crisis unlike any our generation has ever seen. Every sector of society – from government to the healthcare system and the private sector – is feeling the effects of the opioid crisis, and every sector must commit to finding and utilizing collaborative solutions.

Telemedicine is one of those solutions. It offers an opportunity to connect those suffering from addiction to the highest standard of care—medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines medication and behavioral counseling, and is proven to enable more people into stable, long-term recovery. Telemedicine can help address the issue of access to care, but other barriers, including legal and regulatory challenges, persist and must be addressed before telemedicine can be fully implemented as a solution to the opioid crisis.

Join us for a spotlight session focusing on the public policy, regulatory, and medical elements of the crisis and how together they help (and hinder) efforts to end the opioid epidemic. Experts will discuss barriers to telemedicine adoption, regulations preventing prescribing across state lines, the work that must be done to expand treatment capacity, utilization of telemedicine to benefit both doctors and patients, and other pertinent topics.

Garry Carneal, JD MA, Senior Policy Advisor, The Kennedy Forum

Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, NYC Addiction Treatment Center

David R. Zook, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting

Anne Woodbury, Executive Director, Advocates for Opioid Recovery, Moderator

Monday, April 30th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Consumer at the Center: Providence St. Joseph Health’s Multi-Pronged Approach to Ensuring Consumer and Physician Choice, Access and Engagement Through Technology
The joint U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) panel will present How do prospective patients find the right clinicians for their health needs and preferences? How do both internal and external physicians refer to and collaborate with clinicians across your health system for complex cases? At Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH), we offer a one-stop resource for helping patients and providers navigate and connect with clinicians across the PSJH network. This involved building a Patient Engagement Center with highly trained Personalized Health Liaisons, a Digital Access Center for white-glove, rapid-response telehealth connections between providers, and developing a Consumer Engagement Platform with technology such as a robust enterprise provider directory, and CRM system to manage a 365-degree view of consumers and provide omni-channel interactions.

Speaker Kim Swafford

Kim Swafford, MHA, Group Vice President Telehealth, Providence St. Joseph Health

Speaker Karen Appelbaum, MHA

Karen Appelbaum, MHA, Director of Patient Engagement Center Strategy and Operations, Providence St. Joseph Health

Monday, April 30th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Research: A Key to Success in the New World of Healthcare
Research is the foundation of tomorrow’s medical model and the support for policy development. With more entrants into the healthcare marketplace, and with evermore savvy consumers asking increasingly complex questions, research will be a key success factor going forward. Experts from government, academia and other sectors will provide their perspectives and predictions, and answer questions.

Speaker Marcia M. Ward, PhD

Marcia M. Ward, PhD, Director, Rural Telehealth Research Center

Speaker William England, PhD, JD

William England, PhD, JD, Director, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth

Speaker James P. Marcin, M.D., MPH

James P. Marcin, M.D., M.P.H., Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine;
Director, Pediatric Telemedicine, UC Davis Center for Health and Technology

Speaker Jason C. Goldwater, MA, MPA

Jason C. Goldwater
MA, MPA, Senior Director, CedarBridge Group, LLC

Speaker S. David McSwain, MD, MPH, FAAP

S. David McSwain, MD, MPH, FAAP, Medical Director for Telehealth Optimization and an Associate Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, MUSC Children’s Hospital, Moderator

Tuesday, May 1st, 10:15pm – 11:15pm
Clinical Transformation
Healthcare delivery is very complex. Increasingly, clinicians can’t independently handle this complexity. Variation in practice, documentation, communication, environment and technology has contributed to this complexity. A strategy to evolve the healthcare industry needs to include the concepts of High Reliability, Clinical Operational Integration and Clinical Effectiveness.

Mark S. Kestner, M.D., M.B.A., Chief Medical & Innovation Officer, Community Regional Medical Center

Tuesday, May 1st, 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Finding Balance: Innovation. Technology. Engagement.
Thanks to rapid advances in mobile technology and connectivity, consumers are now able to interact with their healthcare providers and access health information more easily than ever before. From online appointment scheduling to real-time health information and everything in between, leading-edge healthcare delivery systems are using technology to expand, improve and deepen their relationship with consumers and communities. Join leaders from Ascension and Kaiser to learn best practices for developing a Patient Engagement and Digital Access strategy, understand core components that work best to reach consumers, learn what meaningful benefits should you expect and review lessons learned.

Jason Dinger, Ph.D., Chief Incubation Officer, Ascension

Wellesley Chapman, MD, Medical Director, Innovation & Business Development, Kaiser Permanente of Washington

Lindsay Resnick, Executive Vice President, Wunderman Health, Moderator

Tuesday, May 1st, 12:45pm – 1:45pm
How to Spot a Doomed Telehealth Investment
Dr. Banful will discuss common pitfalls, and missteps of telehealth adoption in provider organizations. She will highlight critical considerations for operationalizing strategy, integrating telehealth technology into workflows and driving provider and consumer adoption. She will present telltale predictors of telehealth investments going awry and how to avoid a similar fate.

Speaker Afua Branoah Banful

Afua Branoah Banful, MD, Managing Director, Advisory Board Company

Tuesday, May 1st, 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Disaster Management: How Does Telehealth Fit In?
2017 was a year of devastation with record-breaking hurricanes pummeling the U.S. and surrounding territories. One of the biggest problems that occurs when natural disasters strike is a crippled healthcare infrastructure.

Telemedicine is proven to improve disaster response outcomes, and can connect patients and providers in times of crisis. From chronic care patients to victims with mental health disturbances, the availability of virtual care is especially critical for disaster-stricken populations. Experts from federal agencies and academia discuss the important role telemedicine plays when disasters strike.

Kevin Yeskey, MD, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Health and Human Services

Antonio C. Marttos, Jr., M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery; Director of Global e-Health/Trauma Telemedicine;
Co-Director, William Lehman Injury Research Center, University of Miami

MAJ Daniel Yourk, Deputy Director of Clinical Operations, Army Virtual Medical Center, US Army – Army Virtual Medical Center

B. Tilman Jolly, Chief Medical Officer, SOC Telemed, Moderator

Tuesday, May 1st, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Access isn’t only a rural problem: The Promise of Telemedicine in Underserved Urban Communities
Telemedicine is not new in many parts of rural America, where a scarcity of healthcare providers makes the distance patients must to travel to receive healthcare an access problem. But even in urban areas where clinics may seem to be only a short distance away, numerous obstacles make it difficult for patients to access necessary healthcare appointments: impaired physical mobility; transportation barriers, such as not having a car or convenient access to public transportation; or lack of childcare services, just to name a few. Whatever the reason, skipping important healthcare appointments may lead to suboptimal health outcomes – especially for patients with one or more chronic illnesses. With this in mind, Mary’s Center – a Federally Qualified Health Center in Washington, DC – in partnership with a forward-thinking, DC Medicaid Managed Care Organization, launched its Telemedicine service line in early 2017. Today, the Mary’s Center “Health at Home” program brings DC-based medical providers into patients’ homes to deliver timely and critical healthcare services.

Join Rosalyn Carr Stephens from AmeriHealth, Dr. Tol Elliott, CMO of Mary’s Center, and Ellen Evans, Mary’s Center’s Clinical Director of Telemedicine for an interactive, panel discussion of the Mary’s Center Health at Home program – from inception, to launch, to current operational status and plans for future expansion.

Speaker Tollie B. Elliott, MD

Tollie B. Elliott, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Mary’s Center

Speaker Name

Ellen Evans, MHSA, BSN, RN, BA, Clinical Director of Telemedicine, Mary’s Center

Thomas Kiesau, Director, National Leader, Strategy Practice Area, Integrated Delivery Network Segment, Moderator

David Tatro, Chief Operations Officer, Mary’s Center

Speaker Rosalyn Carr Stephens

Rosalyn Carr Stephens, RN, MSN, CCM, Interim Director, Integrated Health Care Management for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia,  AmeriHealth



Tuesday, May 1st, 3:15pm – 4:15pm
The Value of Virtual Care: What telehealth innovations mean the most to payers?
Virtual care is one of the fastest growing areas in healthcare, driven by consumer demand, technological improvements and shifts in payment systems. How do payers identify the best new approaches, and what factors into their evaluation? Join us to Kaiser, Aetna, and Anthem’s perspectives on what matters most to payers.

Patrick Courneya, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals

Genevieve Caruncho-Simpson, Chief Operating Officer, Texas Health Aetna

John Jesser, Vice President of Provider Engagement Strategy, Anthem, Inc.

Ann Mond Johnson, CEO, American Telemedicine Association, Moderator