The Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (SWTRC) was created 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.
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.