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Southwest Telehealth Resource Center

Serving Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah

Advancing The Effective Use Of Telemedicine

The Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (SWTRC) was created through a grant from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS (G22RH30360) to advance the effective use of telemedicine services throughout the Southwest. Telemedicine has been shown empirically to improve access to quality medical care for many patients living in rural and medically underserved areas. https://southwesttrc.org/

The SWTRC assists start-up telehealth programs in their development and serves as a resource for existing programs regarding changes in technology and other issues affecting telehealth in the Southwest region.

The SWTRC provides services in each of the following modes: one-to-one, peer-to-peer, and one-to-many. The SWTRC serves hospitals, clinics, public health offices, and private-practice healthcare providers in the broader Southwest region. Those seeking advice come from a variety of backgrounds, including clinicians (MD, DO, DDS), healthcare providers (RN, LPN, PhD), hospital administrators (CEO, CFO, COO), technologists (CIO, network manager, network engineer), telemedicine site coordinators, medical students, medical residents, researchers, and community representatives interested in telemedicine.

Arizona

A leading center of innovation in the United States, Arizona is on the fast track for improving telemedicine coverage. The Arizona Telemedicine Program at the University of Arizona regularly meets with Arizona legislators to report on enhancements and innovation in telemedicine and discuss potential changes to the state laws.

The ATPs Service Provider Directory is a resource for hospital and healthcare administrators and other decision-makers who want to expand or improve their healthcare services. The directory lists companies providing medical specialty services and ancillary services through telemedicine to healthcare providers.

Colorado

Colorado Telehealth Network's (CTN's) mission is to maximize access to health care services, especially in underserved regions of the state, through information and communications technology.  CTN is the state consortium leader in administering federal dollars to aid eligible health care entities, especially in underserved regions of the state, gain access to broadband connectivity to provide health care services in their communities. CTN leverages an annual $581 million federal fund to administer these subsidies.

Nevada

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine provides telehealth services, with a key innovation being their ECHO program. The goal is to develop a knowledge base of primary care providers through the innovative telehealth consultations offered by Project ECHO, patients in rural and under-served areas benefit from specialty care becoming available locally, and without the cost and time of accessing specialists directly. ECHO clinics include antibiotic stewardship, pain management, sports medicine and geriatrics.

New Mexico

The University of New Mexico Center for Telehealth has led telehealth innovation in NM for years. They provide patient care services in 25 specialties to over 40 sites and into patient homes. UNM ACCESS Telemedicine is a nonprofit telehealth service that connects local hospitals to neurology and neurosurgery specialists, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Project ECHO was first conceived of and started at the University of New Mexico.

Utah

For over 10 years, Telehealth has provided telemedicine services to our partners throughout the Mountain West. Today, University of Utah Health is connected to over 60 facilities throughout a six state region, providing clinical and educational resources in nearly 20 unique clinical specialty areas.

The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC) also serves Utah’s telehealth providers.

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