Crawford named to American Telemedicine Association’s new Clinician Council

Group will address barriers to broad adoption of telehealth and virtual care delivery

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Abigail Crawford, A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., chief telemedicine advanced practice provider for WVU Medicine Children’s in Martinsburg, has been appointed to the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) new Clinician Council to address barriers to the broad adoption of telehealth and virtual care delivery, including emerging platforms that support technology-enabled healthcare.  

Abigail Crawford, A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C.
Abigail Crawford, A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C.

This includes creating a Trust Agenda that focuses on responsibility, credibility, and integrity within the healthcare industry. 

“We are thrilled to convene such a distinguished group of clinicians, representing a range of healthcare specialty areas and disciplines,” Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of the ATA, said. “The ATA believes we have an important opportunity – and an obligation – to better inform the public, patients, consumers and clinicians, payers, policymakers and other stakeholders about the benefits of telehealth, and support a national dialogue around virtual care based on factual, rational and balanced information, to enable a productive and sensible discourse on the future of telehealth and omnichannel care delivery.”

The 38-member Council is composed of clinicians, including physicians, nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, physical therapists, and psychologists, serving a two-year term.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent WVU Medicine on the ATA Clinician Council. WVU Medicine has been a champion for telemedicine expansion in West Virginia, and the clinical and organizational expertise will serve well to inform the development of standards, guidelines, and practices for virtual care,” Crawford said. “I look forward to collaborating on initiatives with other leading healthcare organizations to inform others on the benefits and unique challenges of telemedicine and omnichannel care.”

The first meeting of the Clinician Council will take place during the ATA’s EDGE Policy Conference this week in Washington, D.C.

About the ATA
As the only organization completely focused on advancing telehealth, the American Telemedicine Association is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and appropriate care when and where they need it, enabling the system to do more good for more people. The ATA represents a broad and inclusive member network of leading healthcare delivery systems, academic institutions, technology solution providers, and payers, as well as partner organizations and alliances, working to advance industry adoption of telehealth, promote responsible policy, advocate for government and market normalization, and provide education and resources to help integrate virtual care into emerging value-based delivery models.