‘Father of Telemedicine’ Dr. Jay H. Sanders Appointed Honorary Chair of Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase

Drs. Jay H. Sanders and Ronald S. Weinstein, both American Telemedicine Association president emeriti, will spearhead the first-of-its-kind convention linking telemedicine medical specialty providers with users, Oct.6-7 in Phoenix.

The Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) has appointed Jay H. Sanders, MD, FACP, FACAAI, as honorary chair of the first annual Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase (SPSTM), to be held Oct. 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix.

Dr. Sanders is president and CEO of The Global Telemedicine Group, a health-care management consulting firm whose clients have included NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Communications Commission, the World Health Organization, state governments and academic institutions. He also is an adjunct professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a founding board member and president emeritus of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Known as the “Father of Telemedicine,” Dr. Sanders developed the first statewide telemedicine system, the first correctional telemedicine system, the first tele-homecare technology and the first telemedicine kiosk. During the Clinton Administration, he was the United States’ telemedicine representative to the G8 nations and was appointed by former HHS Secretary Leavitt to the Chronic Care Workgroup Committee.

“To have a conference focused on the comprehensive role and successful integration of specialty provider networks into the health-care delivery system enabled by telemedicine is a testament to the maturing of this knowledge transfer technology,” said Dr. Sanders.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Sanders was chief medical resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1970, he started the first Division of General Medicine in the country at the University of Miami, where he was professor of medicine and chief of medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He also has been professor of medicine and surgery and director of the Telemedicine Institute at the Medical College of Georgia, visiting professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and visiting professor at Yale University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Sanders joins three other ATA luminaries in heading up the SPS conference: SPS Honorary Chair Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, ATP director and ATA president emeritus; SPS Co-Chair Dale C. Alverson, MD, medical director for the Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research at the University of New Mexico and ATA past president; and Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD, ATP associate director for evaluation and ATA past president. 

“Jay Sanders has been a dominant force in the evolution of telemedicine since our days together as co-residents at the birth of multi-specialty telemedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the 1960s,” said Dr. Weinstein. “It’s exciting to see his vision become a reality as telemedicine moves mainstream in United States health care.” 

SPS will focus on building partnerships for bringing quality medical specialty services directly into hospitals, clinics, private practices and even patients’ homes. The goals are to improve patient care and outcomes and to increase market share for both health-care providers and telehealth service providers. 

The convention is co-hosted by the ATP, the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center and the Four Corners Telehealth Consortium, which includes the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and University of Utah Health Care.


More information about SPS is at www.TTSPSworld.com 



Additional Information


Arizona Telemedicine Program

The Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) was established in 1996 by the Arizona State Legislature to provide accessible, top-quality health care to rural Arizonans. ATP strongly supports the growth of telemedicine throughout Arizona and provides a suite of services to its member organizations, including clinical, administrative and information technology (IT) support; telemedicine training; facility design; and continuing medical education (CME). More than 60 clinical subspecialty services have been provided through the network, amounting to more than 1.3 million telemedicine cases. ATP is home to the federally funded Southwest Telehealth Resource Center, which serves Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. ATP has received many national awards for its innovative education and training programs.


Four Corners Telehealth Consortium 

The Four Corners Telehealth Consortium (FCTC) was formed in 2004 by academic telemedicine programs in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado to serve as a model for regional telehealth collaboration in the United States, unconstrained by geographical or jurisdictional barriers. Representatives of telehealth and health information initiatives in the four states have been developing specific collaborative initiatives, including establishment of an interstate licensure process; coordination of a virtual “eHealth” University for distance learning; coordination of provision of telehealth clinical services representing best practices; and a process for interstate disaster response.