Missouri Telehealth Network and Dr. Lloyd Aiello Receive ATA President's Awards

May 3, 2003

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is pleased to announce that the Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN) is the winner of the 2003 ATA President's Program Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine. The ATA is also pleased to announce that Dr. Lloyd Aiello is the inaugural winner of the ATA President's Individual Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine. Both awards, sponsored by AMD Telemedicine, were presented during the ATA Annual Meeting's opening session in Orlando in April.

The President's Awards were established to recognize the Telemedicine project, program, institution, or individual that has made a substantial contribution toward the advancement of telemedicine. Programs and individuals are nominated by the worldwide membership of the ATA.

A panel of distinguished experts in the field of medicine and technology selected MTN, based in Columbia, MO, and Dr. Aiello, Director of the the Beetham Eye Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center, in Boston, MA, from an international list of nominated programs and people.

MTN is a rural telehealth project that provides high-quality specialty care in participating rural communities through the use of digital telecommunications technology. It was established in 1995 at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, MTN currently has 42 sites in 27 counties. Medical specialties provided by MTN include psychiatry, dermatology, cardiology, surgery and behavioral health.

Mark VanderWerf, President of AMD Telemedicine stated, "MTN is a leader in providing specialty care to underserved rural communities. It is with great pleasure that we make this award for true excellence in a telemedicine program on behalf of the ATA".

Dr. Aiello has been an innovator and leader in diabetes eye care for 40 years. He is a pioneer in laser treatment techniques and an internationally recognized expert in diabetic retinopathy. The Joslin Vision Network (JVN), which Dr. Aiello helped conceive and develop, provides sight-preserving treatments to 26 sites in 10 states. Since 1999, JVN has extended care to more than 13,000 patients. Dr. Aiello was commended for his "innovation, leadership, program service and academic output".

About The American Telemedicine Association
The American Telemedicine Association, the world's largest telemedicine and e-health association, promotes greater access to medical care via telecommunications technology. Headquartered in Washington, DC, ATA works closely with medical societies, governments and regulators and others to resolve barriers to the advancement of telemedicine through the professional, ethical and equitable improvement in health care delivery. Membership in the Association is composed of both individual professionals and organizations. They can be contacted through their web site at: www.americantelemed.org.

About AMD Telemedicine
AMD Global Telemedicine is the leading, worldwide supplier of telemedicine equipment and technology devices used in telemedicine with more than 5,000 installed sites in 74 countries. AMD devices and tConsult™ software products offer clinically acclaimed, cost-effective solutions for the most challenging medical applications. AMD also provides complete technical support in program design, device integration, training, and remedial service to assure a successful program implementation. For more information on AMD Telemedicine, please visit www.amdtelemedicine.com, email pr@amdtelemedicine.com,or call 866-511-0923.