New Executive Part of Association’s Strategic Plan to Boost Awareness and Accessibility of Telehealth Services Nationwide
Arlington, VA – February 14, 2018 – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) announced today that Ann Mond Johnson will assume leadership as CEO beginning March 5, 2018. ATA is the leading, global member-based group uniquely focused on telemedicine, with a network of more than 10,000 industry leaders and healthcare organizations throughout the world. As CEO, Johnson will lead efforts to build ATA’s strategic partnerships and alliances that ensure that consumers – patients, employees, members and others – across the United States and globally can reap the full benefits of advanced healthcare technology to gain access to top-quality care, delivered cost-effectively.
Johnson has been a pioneer in healthcare for more than two decades, spending most of her career raising Chicago’s profile as a major hub for healthcare technology firms. With extensive experience as both an entrepreneur and executive leader, she has launched and built innovative companies that leverage data to make the healthcare experience better for Americans nationwide. Before joining ATA, Johnson was CEO of Zest Health. Prior to that, she served as Board Chair and advisor to Chicago start-up ConnectedHealth (now part of Connecture). Johnson sold her first start-up company Subimo to WebMD in 2006. She began her career in healthcare data and information with The Sachs Group (now part of Truven/IBM Watson).
“Following a rigorous search process during which ATA’s Board met with a number of very strong candidates, Ann quickly rose to the top of our list,” said Dr. Peter Yellowlees, ATA’s Board President. “ATA is well positioned as a global leader in helping consumers take more control over their health and wellness through telemedicine. Now, with Ann’s invaluable experience working across the healthcare spectrum with providers, payers and innovative technology firms, we have the powerhouse leadership to achieve our objectives, seize new opportunities and take telehealth to the next level.”
One of ATA’s most recent accomplishments was supporting and promoting passage of the CHRONIC Care Act as part of the funding bill that was signed into law on February 9, 2018. Passage means more options and flexibility for providers and patients alike, and expands Medicare coverage for telehealth.
“Consumers are increasingly savvy about using technology in their everyday lives and have come to expect it, even in healthcare,” said Johnson. “Joining ATA made perfect sense because we put consumers at the core of everything we do, and that’s something I’ve been passionate about my entire career. Telemedicine is no longer just a specialty service, but a safe and cost-effective modality of care that reaches many different people. It represents the future of health and wellness, and I’m excited by the enormous opportunity in front of us.”
About the American Telemedicine Association (ATA)
Established in 1993, ATA is a non-profit, membership-based association located in the greater Washington, DC area. Comprised of a membership network of more than 10,000 industry leaders and healthcare professionals, ATA is the leading telehealth association helping to transform healthcare by improving the quality, equity, and affordability of healthcare delivery throughout the world. To learn more about ATA, visit www.americantelemed.org.