The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (NCTRC) is a collaborative of 12 regional and 2 national Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs), committed to implementing telehealth programs for rural and underserved communities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), administered through grant # G22RH30365, TRCs across the nation provide timely and accurate information on telehealth. Our 12 regional and 2 national TRCs are expertly staffed and lead the advancement and accessibility of telehealth with a focus in rural communities, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). As a consortium, we are dedicated to helping organizations and practices overcome barriers, advance telehealth education, and provide resources.
Our 12 regional TRCs are regional experts in telehealth implementation. TRCs are equipped to provide technical assistance, education, and resources on various topics. Each TRC has a regional uniqueness, allowing them to provide a wide range of assistance targeting local community needs. The NCTRC is dedicated in playing its part in expanding the reach of healthcare and sustainable telehealth programs in local, rural, and underserved communities for the most vulnerable populations.
Connecting telehealth systems to rural communities for a healthier America.
Telehealth has yet to meet its full potential. Telehealth has captured the attention of the healthcare field. Different methods of digital healthcare like mHealth, Remote Patient Monitoring, and Population Based Health are becoming widely used.
The vision of the NCTRC is to connect health providers to people through telehealth, starting with rural communities. Our voice will remain consistent and comprehensive, delivering accurate information to help the nation through the growth of telehealth.
Over the past decade, numerous telehealth programs have successfully developed. Although, there is still a gap between major health systems and smaller clinics. Smaller programs look to established telehealth programs for resources and support. The initial successes from the telehealth network grant program coming out of HRSA’s Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) realized in hindsight that many programs could not sustain telehealth. As the telehealth community continued to grow, it gave way to the first Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) in 2006.
The small group of TRCs’ purpose were to expedite the provision of telehealth technical assistance in rural communities. Telehealth gained momentum, appealing to the expansion of TRCs nationally. The TRCs have been staffed by experts in policy, technology, operational implementation, technical assistance, and more.
In 2017, the 12 regional and 2 national TRCs agreed to work collaboratively under the NCTRC. As a Consortium, TRCs have accumulated an unparalleled amount of resources to advance telehealth programs regionally and nationally. As telehealth continues to gain more visibility, the TRCs will remain poised to provide all health systems with guidance.