As I reminisce about MedAire’s significant achievements, one special award comes to mind. There were very few “telemedicine” awards back in the day, especially nearly 20 years ago, so we were extremely honored to be the recipient of the American Telemedicine Association’s Innovation Award. In fact, it was the Association’s first award of its kind, presented at an annual meeting in Tampa, Florida.
I share the press release below:
[May 20, 2004]
American Telemedicine Association Recognizes MedAire for Industry Innovation
TEMPE, Ariz., May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has named MedAire, Inc. as the recipient of the Association’s newly announced Innovation Award. The presentation was made during the Association’s annual meeting, held in Tampa, Florida.
Association president, Dr. Ronald Weinstein, recognized MedAire’s strong success in commercializing the practice and benefits of telemedicine since the company’s inception in 1986, long before the concept of telemedicine became widely accepted. Dr. Weinstein noted MedAire’s long-term success in identifying and serving markets outside of the healthcare industry that place a high value on the immediacy of information and expertise that telemedicine brings to people in remote environments.
Established in 1993, the American Telemedicine Association is the leading resource and advocate promoting access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology. The Association represents nearly 2,000 individuals, institutions, and corporations throughout the U.S. and internationally that are actively engaged in the global telemedicine industry.
“Obviously, the ATA represents the most forward-thinking people and leading-edge organizations in the field of telemedicine,” said MedAire president and CEO, Joan Sullivan Garrett. “To be singled out from that body as being innovative is an exceptional honor, let alone receiving the recognition in the first year the award has been given.”