Transforming Health Care, Improving Patient Experiences
In the wake of the urgency highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, TTUHSC strives to expand and evolve the accessibility of medical care. Telehealth is a valuable vehicle to extend health care across our region and beyond, and in collaboration with our partners we are committed to growing current and future telemedicine opportunities.
What it means to invest in Telehealth at TTUHSC:
- Supporting clinical operations as telehealth visits make up an ever-increasing percentage of total clinic visits
- Supporting academic opportunities such as our Frontiers in Telemedicine (FIT) Laboratory, which trains practitioners using hands-on, competency-based methods
- Supporting program development such as the Texas Child Mental Health Consortium, which uses telehealth to provide mental health resources to students, parents and health care providers
- In response to COVID-19, our clinical operations quickly pivoted to increase telehealth visits, which represented 20% of our total clinic visits from April to December 2020
- Our managed care program conducted an average of 25,000 telehealth visits annually across correctional facilities in West Texas
- Telehealth is integral in our curriculum for training future health care providers
- Practitioners receive hands-on training in competency based methods through our Frontiers in Telemedicine (FIT) Laboratory
- TTUHSC is a partner with other Health Related Institutions (HRIs) in the Texas Child Mental Health Consortium created by Senate Bill 11 in the 86th Legislative Session
- The Consortium is utilizing telehealth as the basis in the development of its programs to provide additional mental health resources to students, parents and health-care providers
- The Campus Alliance for Telehealth Resources (CATR) and the Texas Child Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) programs have enrolled 72 school districts, providing services to approximately 150,000 students
Telemedicine’s Perfect Storm
TTUHSC was ready to take telehealth to the next level and COVID-19 opened the door, ushering in a new era in health care delivery.