The Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN) increases access to patient-centered health care via telehealth for rural and underserved Missourians by providing technical assistance to health care organizations, partnering with key stakeholders, operating telehealth programs, and supporting and developing telehealth policies.
MTN provides expertise in key telehealth domains including technical, clinical, operational, legal and regulatory, and evaluation.
Missouri Telehealth Network began in 1994 as one of the nation's first public-private partnerships in telehealth. A 10-site network initially was developed with federal support from the Health Resource and Services Administration's Office of Rural Health Policy and from private support from telecommunication companies as well as each telehealth site.
Today, MTN has the experience and expertise to train start-up telemedicine programs and to manage new and existing telehealth programs. Currently, Missouri Telehealth Network partners with many types of health care organizations and manages several telehealth programs. MTN is the Missouri partner of the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center and is federally funded to increase adoption of telemedicine. MTN also operates Show-Me ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Show-Me ECHO connects community providers with experts, building virtual learning and mentoring collaborative efforts to increase capacity for care.