Telehealth Services



UW Medicine provides telehealth and telemedicine services for medical education and specialized clinical care in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI). These services support our mission to improve the health of the public, particularly in our region’s underserved and rural communities.

Transforming healthcare in rural communities

Limited access to primary healthcare, preventive health information and specialized care in rural and underserved communities often results in advanced disease states and more complex health care needs. Telehealth addresses these issues by leveraging scarce resources, using best practices, and supporting clinicians in rural and underserved areas caring for complex diseases.

UW Medicine’s goal is to help establish and sustain a strong regional network of telehealth providers that will collaboratively offer telehealth services to meet the medical and professional needs of the WWAMI region.

Programs

UW Medicine has been providing telehealth services to our partners in the WWAMI region since the 1960s. Services include:
  • Telepsychiatry services providing clinician-to-clinician case consultations and direct clinician-to-patient care.
  • Teledermatology “store-and-forward” services and case-based education and services.
  • Telestroke services and educational programs.
  • Teleradiology services.
  • Telepain services
  • Case-based continuing medical education series offering access to evaluation and treatment consultations on complex cases with a panel of UW Medicine specialists in a variety of disciplines, including pain management, hepatitis C and HIV.
  • UW ECHO HIV
  • Oncology case conferences and tumor boards.
  • Educational programs including grand rounds and UW Science in Medicine series.
  • Video teleconferencing to bring together UW School of Medicine students and faculty across the WWAMI region.
  • Basic Emergency Nurse Training.

Collaborations

UW Medicine Telehealth Services is a founding member of the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center, which serves as a telehealth resource center for new and continuing telehealth programs throughout WWAMI, Oregon and Utah. UW Medicine Telehealth Services also collaborates with the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts to further develop telehealth in Washington.

Research and innovation funding

  • 1994-2000: WWAMI Rural Telemedicine Network (FORHP/OAT)
  • 1995-2000: Bench to Bedside & Beyond (NLM)
  • 1999-2001: Telepartners rural special educational needs support (Dept. of Education)
  • 2002-2007: UW Telehealth Network Development (state funding)
  • 2006-2009: Native People for Cancer Control Telehealth Network (OAT)
  • 2010: Pain Management in Rural and Native American Communities (NIH)
  • 2011: Symptom Management in Rural Communities (National Institutes of Health)
  • 2012: Innovation Awards subcontract (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
  • 2012: Center of Excellence in Pain Education (NIH)
  • 2012: Enhancing Rural Primary Care Access to Mental Health & Opioid Management (OAT)

For more information

Cara Towle, R.N., M.S.N., Director of Telehealth Services, ctowle@uw.edu, 206.459.7956