California Telehealth Network receives $700,000 from UnitedHealth

April 11, 2012 in Medical Technology

SACREMENTO, CA – The California Telehealth Network will expand telemedicine training and provide technical support for rural and medically underserved clinics and hospitals in California with a $700,000 from UnitedHealthcare, building on the $600,000 it donated in 2010.

California Telehealth Network (CTN) is the Golden State’s statewide partnership for telehealth. It uses broadband technology to improve access to healthcare with a focus on rural and medically underserved communities. CTN plans to partner with the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center (CTEC) and other stakeholder partners to provide training and technical support for CTN sites throughout the state.

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This is the second grant UnitedHealthcare has given CTN. In 2010, UnitedHealthcare donated $600,000 to help launch CTN and its goal of connecting telehealth devices across the state.
“CTN thanks UnitedHealthcare for this important funding that enables us to expand offerings beyond broadband services to include increased technical and programmatic support for CTN sites all over California,” said Eric Brown, president and CEO, California Telehealth Network. “Less than 20 percent of our locations have onsite information technology expertise. The UnitedHealthcare funding also enables CTN to provide much needed IT support to our sites to enable them to better utilize the technology CTN makes possible.”

“UnitedHealthcare shares California Telehealth Network’s goal of ensuring that people statewide have access to the care they need,” said Dan Rosenthal, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Northern California. “We are grateful for the opportunity to continue our support for CTN as it brings much-needed healthcare into underserved communities throughout the state.”

UnitedHealthcare offers health benefits, including employer-sponsored and Medicare health plans, to nearly 3 million Californians, and partners with about 50,000 physicians across the state.

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