The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
The 12 regional and 2 national Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) have been established to provide assistance, education, and information to organizations and individuals who are actively providing or interested in providing health care at a distance. Our simple charter from the Office for Advancement of Telehealth is to assist in expanding the availability of health care to rural and underserved populations in local communities. Because we are federally funded, the assistance we provide is generally free of charge.
*The region covered by the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center (PBTRC) includes the state of Hawaii, the US territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the freely associated states of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. This region faces unique challenges to healthcare access including major geographic isolation and separation by ocean, extremely high costs of travel and telecommunications, small island populations, differing political and cultural environments, and a critical shortage of both primary and specialty care.
**Images taken from Google Maps, islands depicted are not geographically accurate.