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Vital Insights

Nov 16, 2021

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has been at the forefront of the advancement of telemedicine, telehealth and other virtual care technologies since its inception nearly three decades ago. Our guest for this podcast had the unique opportunity to step into the lead role of the organization just before the pandemic hit – and has expertly balanced the joint tasks of ensuring its members were supported through the uncertainty of 2020 and 2021, while advocating for the enhanced utilization of telehealth to address healthcare challenges. Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of the ATA, joined us to talk about the issues that remain – and three core initiatives the Association plans to focus on to address them.

With a long history of experience working across the healthcare spectrum with providers, payers and innovative technology firms, Ann Mond Johnson joined ATA in early 2018. 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).

Now at the helm of ATA, the leading, global member-based group focused on telemedicine, Johnson will lead efforts to build ATA’s strategic partnerships to ensure that consumers – patients, employees, members and others – can reap the full benefits of advanced healthcare technology to gain access to top-quality care, delivered cost-effectively.