The MATRC is continually developing resources that can be used to facilitate the growth of telehealth, particularly in rural and medicaly underserved areas. Presently, these are the ways that MATRC can help you:
1) Technical Assistance/Consultation: MATRC provides "Tier 1" Technical Assistance at no cost to you, and makes available "Tier 2" Technical Assistance at a reduced rate to those residing in the MATRC region. Technical Assistance/Consultation is provided by MATRC Staff and a network of MATRC Consultative Service Partners. Click here for more information. To make it easy for you, we have developed an that you can use to submit your Technical Assistance request. Click here to request technical assistance.
3) Inventory of Telehealth Providers: Launched in November 2012, "Find Telehealth Providers" is an online tool that allows users to interactively locate providers by location on a map. In addition, it also allows telehealth providers to add their information to the growing database. We anticipate that this tool will grow in both utility and value as providers are added.
4) Topical Resources: MATRC has curated the web for telehealth resources and organized them into topical collections to help you answer the following questions:
- How Can I Use It? The boundaries of telehealth are limited only by the technology available - new applications are being invented and tested every day. Here you will find resources pertaining to some of the most common telehealth applications.
- How Do I Pay For It? I'm interested in telehealth, but now what? How do I pay for the Broadband access and equipment? Will I get reimbursed and how? How do I develop a business model and ensure sustainability of my program? How do I demonstrate return on investment? Here you will find a compilation of resources to assist you with these types of questions.
- How Do I Know If It Works? Perhaps you are thinking about starting a telehealth program and need to be convinced (or to convince others) that there is an evidence base for the use of telehealth in providing care. Or perhaps you have an existing telehealth program and need to find a way to evaluate the program in order to improve on it and/or convince funders to continue funding it. Here you will find a compilation of resources to assist you with these tasks.
- Where Can I Find More Information? As you explore the world of telehealth, you will discover that there is a wealth of information available to you on the web. To save you some time, here is a compilation of sites that you will most likely want to visit.
5) Webinars, Presentations and Other Speaking Engagements: MATRC actively contributes to the National TRC Webinar Series. These webinars are FREE to the public on the 3rd Thursday of each month. To see what is coming up and to visit the archive of materials and recordings from past webinars, click here. To request a presentation or other speaking engagement from MATRC staff or one of the MATRC Consultative Service Partners, please use our online technical assistance request form.
6) Strategic Planning: Each grant year (September 1 – August 31), MATRC is able to provide up to two states, on a first-come first-serve basis, the resources needed to hold a full day facilitated strategic planning retreat/roundtable. The purpose for such an event is to bring together key stakeholders around one or two priority health needs, with the end goal of developing consensus and establishing a 2 – 3 year strategic action plan for advancing the adoption and utilization of telehealth as a mechanism for meeting the identified priority health need(s).
7) Annual Regional Telehealth Summit: Each year MATRC sponsors an Annual Telehealth Summit to provide education on a variety of issues and topics, including telehealth policy, best practices, model programs, technology and trends.
8) Information Dissemination: MATRC uses both social media and email as ways to disseminate important information.
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MATRC is committed to adding and updating resources over time. If there is a resource that you would love to see, please let us know!