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Jonathan D. Linkous

Jon Linkous is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the use of telecommunications technology to provide health care services. He has lectured and written extensively on healthcare modernization, public policy affecting health technology, emerging applications and market trends in the U.S. and around the world.  He has been called upon to advise a variety of national and international companies, health systems and investment firms.  He is a sought after speaker on trends and emerging issues related to healthcare and telecommunications.​​

Under his 24 years of leadership as the founding Chief Executive Officer of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), it grew to be the foremost international resource and advocacy organization promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies.  Through these efforts he is widely credited with helping to transform the delivery of healthcare.

One of his passions is using technology to deliver health services to the poor and those most in need.  Out of this desire he established the Human Touch Award at ATA, that is given to an individual or organization that has used telemedicine to help meet the needs of the poor.  The winner of the award for 2017 was Carlos Santana and Santana Telemedicine Project

His lifelong interest in telecommunications and technology started with his time in public television and radio in Columbus, Ohio working both behind and in front of the camera as well as on air in radio.  His videocast "This Month in Telemedicine" became a regular source of news and information about the growth of the field.

In the private sector he has served as a senior consultant to seven major telecommunications companies managing external relations and stakeholder relations.  He led efforts that made significant changes to improve consumer access to 911 services and broadband telecommunications to rural healthcare institutions by the Federal Communications Commission.​

As a national leader in aging services Jon was a member of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations while serving as the Executive Director of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.​

Prior to this Jon served as the Deputy Director of the Natonal Association of Regional Councils and Director with the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Mr. Linkous holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the School of Government and Public Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C with additional postgraduate work at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Public Executive Institute at the University of Texas in in Austin, Texas.​​

Jon resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Pam and two children and has two other sons residing in Richmond, Virginia and Manhattan, New York.