Dale Alverson, M.D.
As Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Regents’ Professor and Professor of the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center on faculty at the University of New Mexico (UNM), School of Medicine, I have been the Director of the Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research at UNM since 1995. In that role, I have been involved in the planning, implementation, research and evaluation of Telemedicine systems for New Mexico. I was been appointed by the Governor as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Telehealth and Health Information Technology Commission and on the Board of the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance, and serving again as chairman. I am Chief Medical Informatics Officer at LCF Research and their health information exchange, New Mexico Health Information Collaborative. in New Mexico addressing the advancement and meaningful use of health information exchange, adoption of electronic health records, and integration with telemedicine. I am currently 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. Nationally, I am past President of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and has been on the Boards of ATA, the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law, and Advanced Initiatives in Medical Simulation. I have done research related to simulation using distributed interactive virtual reality platforms and embedded artificial intelligence. The UNM Center for Telehealth was given the ATA President’s Institutional Award 2007 for its efforts in advancing telehealth locally, nationally, and internationally. I have also involved in several international Telehealth projects, particularly with Latin America, as well as ongoing initiatives for the development of collaborations with telehealth programs in Africa, India, Nepal, Iraq, Afghanistan, and several other countries.