Telemedicine & eHealth
Telemedicine and telehealth use videoconferencing and specially adapted diagnostic tools to allow providers to care for patients located in distant locations. Telemedicine and telehealth are transforming the way health care is provided around the country, and California is a national leader in the development and deployment of telemedicine programs. California began operating telemedicine programs in the early 1990s and was one of the first states to enact telemedicine authorization legislation. Currently, there are hundreds of telemedicine programs in operation, and hospitals, clinics and home care are rapidly implementing additional telemedicine and telehealth programs to improve access to care and efficiency of services.
The California Telemedicine & eHealth Center (CTEC), a program of CHA’s California Health Foundation & Trust, is a prominent authority on telemedicine and telehealth in California. For more than 10 years, CTEC has been a primary repository of experience and information in California’s telemedicine development. In addition to serving as the leading developer of rural telemedicine programs statewide, CTEC has been designated as the federal Telehealth Resource Center for California’s federally funded telehealth programs. CTEC has funded more than 100 telehealth projects that support a variety of programs and service models primarily in rural and underserved areas. For more information, please visit CTEC’s website at www.cteconline.org.