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ATA President's Institutional Award 2010


The award was presented on May 16, 2010 at the ATA meeting in San Antonio, Texas, attended by over 3,000 people. This is the highest award presented to an institution and it included a cash prize of $5,000.

This ATA President's Institutional Award is recognized as an endorsement of hard work, and faith in the effort on the part of lots of people. The criteria for the award is stated as follows:


ATA award presentation

The award which includes a $5,000 cash award and is sponsored by AMD Telemedicine recognizes institutional leadership, breadth, depth, and effectiveness of programmed services, and which is a model for implementation of telemedicine/telehealth, and e-health. Consideration will include impact on the population served, including special needs groups, academic output such as peer reviewed research and presentations, targeted education programs, number of sites, business case or business model, long term sustainability, and effective leadership and collaboration.

It has been nearly 13 years since the telemedicine program started with e-mail connecting the consultation source at Indiana University and the partners in Havana Cuba. It has been just seven years since Cyber-Sight became an official ORBIS program with the launching of the web site in June 2003.

There are many people to thank, but first should be Al Ueltschi who is singlehandedly responsible for Cyber-Sight becoming an ORBIS program and then ORBIS by providing the financial support and encouragement. In the development years, the generous financial support of the Bryson Family Foundation and sound advice from Vaughn and Nancy Bryson were key to the launching of the program.

Hundreds of ORBIS/Cyber-Sight volunteer faculty and mentors have supported the program in a variety of ways and without them the program could never have prospered. Instead with them, at this writing, E-Consultation has answered more than 6,700 consults that have included more than 31,000 messages. E-Resources has the equivalent of more than 10,000 pages of educational material, and the Question of the Week has appeared weekly and without interruption since Jan 2004; maybe the longest running “show” of its kind.

The Cyber-Sight team has been supported by the greater ORBIS team, and especially by Hunter Cherwek, Medical Director and Chief of the Flying Eye Hospital. Jack McHale, president and CEO, has in a short time made his support extremely effective and is appreciated. We also appreciate the loyalty shown by our partners, several of whom have been associated with us for more than 10 years. The ORBIS team of Gene Helveston, Lynda Smallwood, Michelle Harmon, and Erin Hemmelgarn are proud of what has been accomplished, but this is no match for the excitement we have for what is ahead as we work to improve Cyber-Sight in the quality, quantity, and variety of services we can provide.

 


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