American Telemedicine Association Conference Kicks Off In Austin

5-6-2013 9-20-08 PM

The 18th Annual International Meeting & Trade Show of the American Telemedicine Association kicked off this week in Austin, Texas. The conference runs Sunday through Wednesday and plays host to a telemedicine venture fair, a state-based policy summit, and two days of exhibit halls and panel sessions.

The keynote speech came from Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Chesterfield, Mo-based Mercy Health. Mercy recently implemented a $90 million Virtual Care Center, which has delivered industry leading tele-ICU, remote pediatric cardiology, telestroke, and telepsychiatry services to its patient population.

As a result of the Virtual Care Center, Britton said, the length of stay in Mercy’s ICU runs 30 percent below average. Furthermore, its tele-sepsis unit, a virtual unit tracker that aggregates all patients across all facilities who may be at risk for sepsis and provides remote monitoring of their condition by specialists, has cut mortality from septic shock in half.

The venture fair operated much in the same way that a traditional accelerator demo day would run, with eight startups pitching their business model on the main stage for 15 minutes each. The startups included were:

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