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Telehealth in Utah
The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health played an essential role in the development of telehealth in Utah. The Office's main goal is to assesses the need for, and capacity to develop telehealth in the State. Activities include the application of findings to the Primary Care Needs Assessment Plan, and staff support to the Utah Telehealth Commission.
For general information on Utah Department of Health Telehealth activities, you can review the Utah Telehealth Fact Sheet.
The Utah Telehealth Commission was created under the Utah Telehealth Commission Act, Section 26-9f, Utah Code Annotated. The Utah Telehealth Commission is comprised of eleven (11) members appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Utah State Senate. The Commission's duties and responsibilities are defined by the Act. A copy of the Act can be viewed by clicking here: Utah Telehealth Commission Act. To view the Utah Telehealth Commission Annual Report, dated January 10, 2002, please click here: Annual Report, 01-10-02.
The Office also works cooperatively with the University of Utah Telehealth Network (UTN)* in its efforts to expand the current Utah Telehealth Network to rural sites.
The goals of UTN are:
- To improve access to clinical health care services for patients of all ages in rural Utah
- To reduce isolation of practitioners in rural Utah
- To foster delivery of comprehensive, coordinated health care to rural residents served by the Utah Telehealth Network
Office activities in support of UTN include the following:
- Development of a detailed telehealth needs assessment and overall network plan, in conjunction with UTN
- Promotion of telemedicine and telehealth to local providers, patients and community leaders.
- Development of plans for the long term sustainability of the UTN.
- Participation in the Telehealth User Group.
- Providing feedback to UTN from network members and partners.
* Activities are contingent upon receipt of federal grant by UTN