Former Telemedicine Leader Launches Artificial Intelligence Group

March 27, 2018
Jonathan Linkous, founding CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, and Mary Ann Liebert have co-founded a new organization focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and automation in healthcare.

Jonathan Linkous, founding CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, and Mary Ann Liebert have co-founded a new organization focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and automation in healthcare.

The Partnership for Artificial Intelligence and Automation in Healthcare (PATH) unites health systems, industry, payers and regulators to find how such technology can improve the delivery of medicine, reduce costs and expand access to healthcare services to millions of people across the globe, according to an organization press release.

The mission-driven, membership-based group takes a unique, inclusive approach bringing together all stakeholders to resolve such issues as public policy oversight, personal safety and how to integrate such revolutionary advances into healthcare systems. Information about PATH and its inaugural summit can be found here.

“AI and related innovations have already enabled industries such as banking, aviation, and entertainment to grow, provide higher- quality products, and allow consumers greater choice,” Linkous, a co-founder and CEO of the group, said in a statement. “With spiraling costs, increasing need, decreasing resources, and rapidly advancing technologies, healthcare desperately needs to catch up."

Linkous was the founding CEO of the American Telemedicine Association and led the development of telemedicine from concept to reality for the past 24 years.

Mary Ann Liebert, PATH's co-founder, is the president, and CEO of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., a publisher of scientific and medical books, journals, and digital information in fields such as telemedicine, health transformation, big data, and CRISPR. “I am excited about the formation of PATH and look forward to combining forces to help bring these lifesaving technologies to patients in need,” Liebert said in a statement.

PATH's initial Advisory Board includes:

·         Stephen Klasko, M.D., president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

·         Jay H. Sanders, M.D., CEO, The Global Telemedicine Group and Professor of Medicine (Adjunct), Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

·         Sue Siegel, chief innovation officer, GE and CEO, GE Innovations

·         Rick Valencia, president, QUALCOMM Life

·         Yulun Wang, Ph.D., founder and president, InTouch Health

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