Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CTN Transitions to Non-Profit Status

The California Telehealth Network (CTN) a statewide broadband partnership for telehealth is transitioning to an independent non-profit status. Formerly under the umbrella of the University of California Davis Health System, CTN will now operate as a national 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and connect more than 800 California healthcare facilities to a statewide medical grade broadband network.

Initially funded through a $30 million joint funding effort between the FCC, CETF, the California HealthCare Foundation, UnitedHealthcare, the National Coalition for Healthcare Integration, University of California, and other private and public entities, CTN was able to secure the largest single-state grant award of its kind.

The University of California played a key role in spearheading the original FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program proposal and played an important role in CTN’s initial development. The university also secured a $9.1 million BTOP grant from NTIA to fund CTN’s core operating needs and established 15 broadband enabled Model Communities.

Now, with over 300 member sites enrolled, CTN will use the learning from the Model Communities to drive the development of additional health IT services to be delivered over their secure, high-speed broadband network.