Idaho State University to Create Telehealth Care Center
With a nearly $1.7 million HHS grant, Idaho State University will create an interdisciplinary telehealth center to improve access to health services for Idaho's rural residents, the Associated Press reports. The funds will be used to establish an integrated care center for telehealth consultations and interdisciplinary case conferences, which will help expand access to physical, mental and oral health services for the state's rural residents. The center will also provide videoconference-based continuing health education and a Web-based resource for Idaho's health professionals. Several university departments will participate in the implementation of the project, including the university's College of Pharmacy, physician assistant and family medicine programs and Idaho Health Sciences library. Dr. Beth Hudnall Stamm, the project director and the interim director of the university's Institute of Rural Health, said that all health-related workers are welcome to participate in the program. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) requested the program's funding, which was granted through HHS' Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (Associated Press, 9/30).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.