Missouri Telehealth Network exists to develop, study, and use telehealth solutions that improve access by providing high-value, patient-centered health care and medical education in Missouri and beyond.
Missouri Telehealth Network began in 1994 as one of the nation's first public-private partnerships in telehealth. A ten site network was initially developed with federal support coming from the Health Resource and Services Administration's Office of Rural Health Policy and private support coming from telecommunication companies, as well as each telehealth site. Today, the network is funded with membership fees as well as federal, state and institutional dollars.
The Missouri Telehealth Network has provided services in many different medical specialties, with a majority of the work coming from radiology, mental health, dermatology and cardiology. This usage brings specialized care to underserved, rural areas of Missouri in a manner that is convenient to both patient and provider.
The Missouri Telehealth Network has the experience and expertise to train start up telemedicine programs in all crucial areas: clinical, technical, operational, legal and regulatory, manage existing and new sites, and increase access to health care via telehealth services for rural Missourians. Currently Missouri Telehealth Network oversees the entire network which consists of hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Community Mental Health Centers, Critical Access Hospitals, Community Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics and a host of other types of health care facilities.
Besides training start up telemedicine programs MTN also has experience in the following areas:
- providing technical assistance to other telehealth networks;
- business and strategic planning;
- evaluation of satisfaction, cost analysis, concordance in diagnosis and treatment of various telehealth modalities;
- telehealth policy activities;
- educational outreach; and
- information dissemination