About the Virtual Session

A panel of executives from the ATA, payer and provider organizations discuss why,  in the post-COVID-19 world, it will be critical to "sustain the change" of virtual care delivery.  U.S. healthcare is responding with widespread adoption of  innovative telehealth coping strategies to fight the pandemic. This panel of industry leaders will discuss these strategies, how we can sustain the momentum and prevent a backslide to the way we used to do things. The time to build long-term, sustainable virtual care delivery systems is now! This is a call to action for the industry- we must step up, adopt and publish on the access and outcomes improvements gained from the on-going use of telehealth now, and after this pandemic.

You will learn

  • In the wake of the pandemic, rising costs and a shortage of primary care physicians, how can virtual care technologies assist healthcare providers in improving quality,  reducing cost and preventing clinician burnout?
  • What is the Payer position on sustaining these virtual care models with reimbursement reform?
  • How do patients feel about the shift to virtual care services? In a traditionally “in person” industry, how can virtual care technologies address the challenges to patient engagement?
  • What impact does virtual care delivery have on health equity and access to care?
  • What are the important factors related to maintaining this momentum? What are industry barriers? Which stakeholders are pushing back on this change?
  • What is the American Telemedicine Association doing to sustain the change? What support do they offer physicians who are looking to adopt virtual care delivery?

Register for the Virtual Session

About the Virtual Session

A panel of executives from the ATA, payer and provider organizations discuss why,  in the post-COVID-19 world, it will be critical to "sustain the change" of virtual care delivery.  U.S. healthcare is responding with widespread adoption of  innovative telehealth coping strategies to fight the pandemic. This panel of industry leaders will discuss these strategies, how we can sustain the momentum and prevent a backslide to the way we used to do things. The time to build long-term, sustainable virtual care delivery systems is now! This is a call to action for the industry- we must step up, adopt and publish on the access and outcomes improvements gained from the on-going use of telehealth now, and after this pandemic.

You will learn

  • In the wake of the pandemic, rising costs and a shortage of primary care physicians, how can virtual care technologies assist healthcare providers in improving quality,  reducing cost and preventing clinician burnout?
  • What is the Payer position on sustaining these virtual care models with reimbursement reform?
  • How do patients feel about the shift to virtual care services? In a traditionally “in person” industry, how can virtual care technologies address the challenges to patient engagement?
  • What impact does virtual care delivery have on health equity and access to care?
  • What are the important factors related to maintaining this momentum? What are industry barriers? Which stakeholders are pushing back on this change?
  • What is the American Telemedicine Association doing to sustain the change? What support do they offer physicians who are looking to adopt virtual care delivery?

About the Presenters

Elizabeth D. Bierbower
Elizabeth D. Bierbower
Former President (Group & Specialty) at Humana, Highmark, Coventry

Elizabeth Bierbower (Beth) is a strategic leader with more than thirty years of proven executive-level experience in the health insurance industry. Beth held many roles during her long tenure with Humana including President of the Group and Specialty division. Beth serves on the Boards of the American Telemedicine Association, Quest Analytics, Brella and BlueSprig. Prior to joining Humana, Beth held leadership roles with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield as Vice President of Healthcare Strategy, and Coventry Health Plans of Pittsburgh, PA, as Chief Operating Officer. Beth has expertise in scaling cost-effective and profitable growth strategies through internal innovation. She has a reputation as one of the industry’s most progressive voices, a leader with innovative ideas and a willingness to challenge the status quo. Beth is a frequent speaker, author and host of the B-Time Podcast for leaders.

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
Professor, Harvard Medical School & Senior Advisor, Virtual Care, Partners HealthCare, Editor, npj Digital Medicine

At Partners HealthCare, Dr. Joe Kvedar has focused on driving innovation, creating the market and gaining acceptance for connected health for nearly three decades. He is now applying his expertise, insights and influence to advancing adoption of telehealth and virtual care technologies at the national level. He is Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, President Elect of ATA (The American Telemedicine Association), Co-Chair of the AMA’s Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group and Editor-in-Chief of npj Digital Medicine, a Nature Research journal. He is the author of two books on digital health: The Internet of Healthy Things (2015) and The New Mobile Age: How Technology Will Extend the Healthspan and Optimize the Lifespan (2017). The cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for digital health. Dr. Kvedar is advisor to and serves on the board of a number of Venture Capital Firms and digital health companies.

Ann Mond Johnson
Ann Mond Johnson
CEO at American Telemedicine Association

Ann Mond Johnson joined the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) as CEO in 2018. Her experience includes launching, building and leading client driven companies that have been innovators in using healthcare technology and data to support consumers using healthcare. Prior to joining the ATA, Ann served as CEO of Zest Health, a technology-enabled service; as Board Chair and Advisor to ConnectedHealth, a leading provider of private insurance exchanges; and as co-founder and CEO of Subimo, a pioneer in healthcare cost and quality transparency tools for consumers. Ann began her career in healthcare data and information as Senior Vice President at Sachs Group (now part of IBM Watson/Truven Health), the leading provider of healthcare information for health organizations. She also worked at a multi-hospital system in Minneapolis which is now part of Allina. Ann’s ability to inspire and lead diverse teams has helped build both profitable organizations and innovation in the industry. Widely acknowledged as a thought leader, she presents at a range of professional meetings and conferences. She also maintains an active professional network and affiliations, including membership in the Healthcare Executive Leadership Network and Women Business Leaders of US Healthcare. Ann served on the Healthcare Advisory Council for UMB Bank and as an advisor to several start-ups. She was inducted in the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2016. Ann serves on the board of Pathfinder International, a non-profit organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in developing countries and has served on the board of Round Earth Media, a non-profit organization focused on journalism.