Dr. Dale Alverson, medical director for UNM Health Sciences Center's Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research (CfTH), was named president of the American Telemedicine Association at the Annual ATA Meeting & Exposition, in San Antonio, Texas. Alverson is a professor of Pediatrics and Regents' Professor on faculty at UNM's School of Medicine.

As director of CfTH, he has been involved in the planning, implementation, research and evaluation of Telemedicine systems for New Mexico. He has been appointed by the Governor as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Telehealth and Health Information Technology Commission and is on the Board of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance. Alverson also is on the Board of LCF Research in New Mexico addressing the advancement and meaningful use of health information exchange, adoption of electronic health records, and integration with telemedicine.

Nationally, Alverson has been on the boards of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, and Advanced Initiatives in Medical Simulation. He also is involved in several international Telehealth projects, particularly with Latin America, as well as ongoing initiatives for the development of collaborations in Africa, India, Nepal, Iraq, Afghanistan and several other countries.

Finally, UNM is the lead agency, with Alverson as the principle investigator and project coordinator, for the FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program in the region, the Southwest Telehealth Access Grid, forming a telehealth network of networks in the region.

The American Telemedicine Association is the leading resource and advocate promoting access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology. ATA seeks to bring together diverse groups from traditional medicine, academic medical centers, technology and telecommunications companies, e-health, medical societies, government and others to overcome barriers to the advancement of telemedicine through the professional, ethical and equitable improvement in health care delivery.

Established in 1993 as a non-profit organization and headquartered in Washington, DC, membership in the Association is open to individuals, companies and organizations with an interest in promoting the deployment of telemedicine throughout the world.

For more information visit: Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research or call (505) 272-8633.