The Federally Funded Telehealth Resource Centers Telehealth is progressively being considered as a possible approach for delivering more efficient healthcare and addressing access issues. Since the establishment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), new reform-based programs and initiatives often focus around the three goals of the “Triple Aim”: (a) improving population health, (b) enhancing the patient ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2015
The Federally Funded Telehealth Resource Centers
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mei Wa Kwong
    Center for Connected Health Policy, Sacramento, California
  • Christine Calouro
    Center for Connected Health Policy, Sacramento, California
  • Laura Nasseri
    Center for Connected Health Policy, Sacramento, California
  • Mario Gutierrez
    Center for Connected Health Policy, Sacramento, California
  • Financial Disclosure: Mei Wa Kwong is senior policy associate and project director at the Center for Connected Health Policy. Christine Calouro is project coordinator at the Center for Connected Health Policy. Laura Nasseri is program associate at the Center for Connected Health Policy. Mario Gutierrez is executive director at the Center for Connected Health Policy.
    Financial Disclosure: Mei Wa Kwong is senior policy associate and project director at the Center for Connected Health Policy. Christine Calouro is project coordinator at the Center for Connected Health Policy. Laura Nasseri is program associate at the Center for Connected Health Policy. Mario Gutierrez is executive director at the Center for Connected Health Policy.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Mei Wa Kwong has previously published in the subject area. Christine Calouro has previously published in the subject area. Laura Nasseri has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Mario Gutierrez previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Mei Wa Kwong has previously published in the subject area. Christine Calouro has previously published in the subject area. Laura Nasseri has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Mario Gutierrez previously published in the subject area.×
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Article   |   March 01, 2015
The Federally Funded Telehealth Resource Centers
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, March 2015, Vol. 5, 14-23. doi:10.1044/tele5.1.14
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, March 2015, Vol. 5, 14-23. doi:10.1044/tele5.1.14

Telehealth is progressively being considered as a possible approach for delivering more efficient healthcare and addressing access issues. Since the establishment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), new reform-based programs and initiatives often focus around the three goals of the “Triple Aim”: (a) improving population health, (b) enhancing the patient care experience, and (c) reducing per capita costs. As telehealth adoption and utilization within health systems is expected to increase, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has shown initiative by investing in programs that help facilitate the growth of telehealth by providing non-partisan, unbiased information and technical assistance. One such program is the telehealth resource centers (TRCs). TRCs are funded to increase the use, efficiency, and raise awareness about telehealth through education and training. This article provides an overview of the services offered by twelve regional TRCs, as well as the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC) and the National Telehealth Policy Resource Center (NTRC-P). It also provides suggestions about what more can be done by the federal government to maximize telehealth's potential to address the needs of a strapped health system.

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