There are 14 Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) across the United States. Of these, 12 are regional centers and two are national centers focused on technology and policy. These resource centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office for the Advancement of Telehealth and serve to advance the use of telehealth in rural and underserved communities.
One of these 12 regional centers is the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center, which covers the states of Texas and Louisiana – two states with very large rural regions and their fair share of underserved communities. The TexLa Telehealth Resource Center operates to help providers in these states adopt telemedicine and also just sponsored its first Telehealth Summit in Galveston, TX.
I recently had the opportunity to record a conversation with Debbie Voyles, the Director for Telemedicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a leader at the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center. During our discussion, we talked about the center’s June TeleHealth Summit, the current state of telehealth in Texas and Louisiana, and the policies that are impacting telehealth adoption.
Here is what Debbie had to say: