Telemedicine Organizations WorldWide
American Telemedicine Association
Established in 1993 as a non-profit organization and headquartered in Washington, DC, membership in the Association is open to individuals, companies and other organizations with an interest in promoting the deployment of telemedicine throughout the world. ATA seeks to bring together diverse groups from traditional medicine, academic medical centers, technology and telecommunications companies, e-health, medical societies, government and others to overcome barriers to the advancement of telemedicine through the professional, ethical and equitable improvement in health care delivery The Association implements these objectives by:
Educating government about telemedicine as an essential component in the delivery of modern medical care. Serving as a clearinghouse for telemedical information and services. Fostering networking and collaboration among interests in medicine and technology. Promoting research and education including the sponsorship of scientific educational meetings and the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal. Spearheading the development of appropriate clinical and industry policies and standards
In accordance with the mission of the organization, ATA provides a broad range of services for its members and the industry as a whole.
ATA Annual Meeting – the world’s largest scientific meeting and exposition focusing exclusively on telemedicine, with hundreds of presentations, posters and workshops. ATA Industry Council Strategic Business Series – a focused event developed for ATA’s Corporate Members to examine telemedicine market opportunities and issues. On-line Member News Updates – direct, exclusive news briefs via email about the latest event and activities affecting telemedicine professionals. ATA Website – a widely used resource for telemedicine news and information. ATA Online Membership Directory – the single source of who’s who in telemedicine. Telemedicine and e-Health Journal – a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication encompassing all aspects of clinical telemedicine practice; technical advances and enabling technologies; continuing medical education; and the impact of telemedicine on the quality, cost-effectiveness, and access to health care. Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) & Chapters- allow members to address issues related to the advancement and application of telemedicine regarding specific areas including home telehealth, ocular telehealth, technology, teledermatology, telemental health, telenursing, telepathology, and telerehabilitation.
The International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth
The ISfTeH exists to facilitate the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth and to provide access to recognized experts in the field worldwide. Philosophy and Vision of ISfTeH
Promotion & Support of Telemedicine/eHealth activities worldwide Primarily an umbrella for national Telemedicine and eHealth organizations Assisting the start-up of new national organizations Non governmental and non for profit society with close ties to WHO and ITU Supporting developing countries in the field of Telemedicine and e-Health Neutral & Democratic (established under Swiss law) Fair membership fees Also open to: Associated Societies Institutions and Organizations Corporations Individuals Students
Networking within the international Telemedicine/eHealth community Exploring and highlighting the existing synergies between the global players Set-up support of new national members Dissemination of information via the ISfT website and newsletters Participation in the yearly issue of a Telemedicine Directory Access to telemedical networks Download of relevant documents Participation in working groups on Telemedical standards and regulations Assistance on legal matters Organizing and supporting a yearly ISfT scientific conference in different continents Open dialogue and cooperation with the industry to promote the development and implementation of innovative and practical products & services Promotion of the ISfT activities via specialized Media Supporting the existing National Members and their activities
Austrian Scientific Society for Telemedicine and eHealth
Purpose The Society is a non-profit making association and aims at promoting cooperation between natural persons and legal entities interested in common activities in the field of telemedicine. This aim shall be reached by the following:
Exchange of experience in the fields of medicine, telematics, IT, legal sciences, health economy and similar areas. Cooperation in and consultation for education and research, as well as the coordination of the multiple tasks in the area of telemedicine. Promotion of research and development regarding the employment of telemedical facilities which especially consider the geographic and social conditions in Austria. Promotion of scientific junior staff by deepening and expanding their scientific knowledge.
Act on behalf of the Society’s aims vis-&-vis official institutions
Canadian Society of Telehealth
The Canadian Society of Telehealth leads the transformation of health care through information and communication technology by providing a forum for advocacy, communication and sharing of resources among our communities of interest. The CST is proud to be recognized as Canada’s premier telehealth organization and advocate for the advancement and adoption of information and telecommunications technologies in the delivery of health and health services. The Society brings together the many key stakeholders involved and interested in furthering the development and implementation of telehealth practices; acts as a major resource for information and knowledge sharing; contributes to telehealth policy and standards development, and is the Canadian voice for telehealth both at home and internationally. Website: http://www.cst-sct.org/en/index.php
Danish Society for Clinical Telemedicine
Was founded June 25, 2003, at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The aim of the society is, based on science, to promote knowledge and understanding for the use of telemedicine and telemedical tools in clinical settings. A further aim is after- and continuing education and training of doctors and healthcare personnel in the use of telemedical tools as simulators, robot surgery and video-conferencing during surgery and tele-learning. These new telemedical techniques can be used in phase 1 and 3 testing of new pharmacological substances. Activities in the society will include clinical projects, guided by so-called SIG (Special Interest Groups). One major SIG area will be monitoring of patients outside hospital e.g. in their own home, or wherever they are (also from a global point of view), using pervasive computing, blue tooth technology and broadband/satellite communication to hospital/doctor or alarm-central /also called e-health/pervasive healthcare and GPS for locating the patients. Website: http://www.e-health.dk
Finnish Society of Telemedicine
Aim The aims of the Finnish Society of Telemedicine are to promote the health of the population through telecommunication and to disperse the expert knowledge within health care Lines of action To reach the aims the Society will arrange seminars, lectures and presentations, courses and symposia, develop a functioning electronic communication system between the members, exert publishing activities, supports research within the discipline, formulate statements in issues dealing with telemedicine and have contact with other telemedicine organizations. Membership Based on applications, the Board may accept personal members, supporting members and organizational members, which through their activities wish to promote the aims of the Society. Website: http://www.fimnet.fi/telemedicine/index2.html
Italian Association of Telemedicine and Medical Informatics
Dutch Association of E-Health
Society for Telemedicine and eHealth in Nigeria
Society for Telemedicine and ehealth in Nigeria (SFTeHIN) was established April 2005 and presided by Dr. Joseph Adebola and became national representative member ISfTeH July 2005. The Society is also participating in the World health Organization Global observatory for e-health systems (GOe), an initiative of the Department of e-health unit, knowledge management and sharing World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. GOe is a worldwide instrument for promoting best practices in telemedicine and e-health. The Society for Telemedicine and e-Health in Nigeria (SFTeHIN) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit society, a national representative member International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health (ISfTeH) registered in Switzerland. It is geopolitically neutral and democratic. The Society will be collaborating with the WHO collaborating centre on Telemedicine, Norwegian Telemedicine centre, Norway, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and National eGovernment Strategies (NeGsT) and other relevant institutions on projects, research and training. The society has placed Nigeria in the league of Nation involved in Telemedicine and e-health for the promotion of global competitiveness facilitating national dissemination of knowledge and experience on telemedicine and e-health and to provide access to recognized experts in the field in Nigeria. SFTeHIN took the initiative of organizing multi-national stakeholders meeting on & Developing Sustainable Telemedicine and e-Health Program for Nigeria� it involve public private partnership. To support the Federal Government of Nigeria policy for Information Technology (IT) to invest in IT-based health care systems to ensure that Nigerians have access to good health care delivery. A high level of collaboration is a huge value among stakeholders and the most critical success factor in any telemedicine and e-health initiative. Website:http://www.sftehin.org/
Russian Telemedicine Foundation
UK eHealth Association
The UK eHealth Association, established in April 1999 as the UK Telemedicine Association, is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee and governed by a Board of Trustees. It was formed to represent organizations and individuals interested in the development of eHealth in the UK. Currently, there are approximately 90 members representing the wide scope of stakeholders in the UK health market. These include:
Service and equipment providers and manufacturers, from multinationals to sole traders User organizations, such as NHS Trusts, health economies, NHS Direct and the NHS Information Authority, local government, housing associations and health authorities Professional bodies, for example Royal Colleges, eHealth consultants Individuals and students
The Association aims to become the national body promoting eHealth by:
Promoting eHealth research and education Promoting the development of eHealth policy and standards Encouraging the adoption of uniform standards and practice Ensuring the recognition by authorities of the need to protect the intellectual property right developed in the industry Interacting with eHealth and related associations in other countries Public relations, publishing member best practice applications, media interviews, magazine editorial
The UKeHA has an active Technical Special Interest Group (SIG) involved with the technical issues of telecommunications and connectivity of medical devices, transmission of images, international standards and quality assurance of service for remote care and communications. Other SIGs are involved with Small and Medium sized Enterprises, Legal and Ethical Issues, and eHealth in Chronic Illness.