The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (NCTRC) is here to ensure telehealth programs are up and running. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), administered through grant # G22RH30365, Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) across the nation work collaboratively to provide information and assistance to all requesters. Our 12 regional and 2 national TRCs are expertly staffed and have come together under one consortium to forefront the advancement and accessibility of telehealth with a focus in rural healthcare. As a consortium, we are committed to helping your organization/practice overcome barriers, advance telehealth education, and provide you with the adequate resources.
Our regional TRCs will work with you to solve healthcare delivery problems. Wherever you might be, your regional TRC will be there to provide you the technical assistance, education, and various resources. Each TRC is attributed an individual uniqueness, allowing them to provide a wide range of assistance targeting their regional needs. Under one consortium, the NCTRC is working hard to make telehealth an important element in the healthcare environment.
Vision Statement: Connecting telehealth systems to rural communities for a healthier America.
Telehealth has yet to meet its full potential. In recent years, telehealth has caught the attention of many in the health field. Modalities like mHealth, Remote Patient Monitoring, and Population Based Health are garnering more visibility. Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) collaborated & built a network to bring telehealth towards the forefront of healthcare.
TRCs have a vision to connect health providers to people through telehealth, starting with rural communities. We are dedicated to providing technical assistance to every program, health facility, or providers pursuing telehealth. Our voice will remain consistent and comprehensive, delivering accurate information to help the nation through the growth of telehealth.
Over the past decades, an interest in telehealth led many to develop telehealth programs. With little guidance, many programs looked to already 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) recognized later down the line that many programs could not sustain telehealth. As the telehealth community continued to grow, it gave way to some of 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 continued to garner momentum, appealing to the expansion of TRCs nationally. The TRCs have gathered experts in policy uses, technology evaluation, operational implementation, technical assistance, and much more.
In 2017, the regional TRCs came to work collaboratively as the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers (NCTRC). Together as a consortium, TRCs have accumulated an unparalleled amount of resources to advance telehealth programs both regionally and nationally. Either within their own autonomy or in working collaboratively, each TRC is staffed with experts to provide guidance for telehealth programs. As telehealth continues to gain more visibility and recognition, the TRCs will remain poised to provide all health systems with guidance.