What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is an emerging method of delivering healthcare at a distance by using technology to enhance patient care and education. This technology is particularly relevant for the Pacific Northwest, where 25% of the population lives in a rural area, and there are significant geographic and financial barriers to receiving specialty care in Seattle. Furthermore, the UW School of Medicine has a historic mission to educate clinicians in the WWAMI region.
Why UW Medicine Telehealth?
UW Medicine has developed a unique understanding of the healthcare challenges faced by rural and underserved patients through its long history of service to these populations. Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the top medical school in the United States for rural healthcare for many years running, the University of Washington School of Medicine offers a four-week immersion experience in rural or underserved communities. Across the WWAMI region, there are 2,300 UW School of Medicine faculty members and 4,600 clinical faculty. Of these:
- 35 are members of the Institute of Medicine
- 32 are members of National Academy of Sciences
- 5 have received the Nobel Prize in Medicine
- 13 are Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators
UW Medicine Telehealth offers access to these nationally and internationally recognized physicians using easy, reliable and secure communication methods. Telehealth technologies available include teleconferencing, in-home telemonitoring, and digital store-and-forward of data, images and/or videos.
Thanks to the access our uniquely qualified physicians, UW Medicine Telehealth is able to provide medical care that is far more comprehensive than that of its competitors. UW Medicine Teleheath offers the full range of healthcare diagnostics and treatment, from routine urgent care to care as complex as that of organ transplantation.