Sunday, December 5, 2010

UA Telemedicine News

The Arizona Geriatric Education Center (AzGEC) housed within the Arizona Center on Aging at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine received $299,200 from HRSA to fund telemedicine equipment to train health professionals on how to team care for older adults. AzGEC will partner with UA’s Institute for Advanced Telemedicine and Telehealth, a division within the Arizona Telemedicine Program.

State-of-the-art stationary and mobile telemedicine units will support AzGEC activities to help build an expanded diverse and prepared geriatric workforce to care for the state’s rapidly aging population. The grants will enable the Arizona Geriatric Education Center to link health professionals at the UA’s Arizona Health Sciences Center with Arizona State University and other sites across the state to present innovative geriatric team training and patient care.

In other news, Janet Major, technical coordinator for the Arizona Telemedicine Program at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine was appointed to the U.S. Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Board of Directors to represent telemedicine interests.

The USDLA supports distance learning research, development and practice across the complete arena of education, training and communications, with a focus on pre K-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, home schooling, and telemedicine.