The Center for Telehealth is a National Telehealth Center of Excellence as awarded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is led by Program Director Dee Ford, M.D., MSCR and Assistant Program Director Katie Cristaldi, M.D., MHS, and in collaboration with the Center for Telehealth leadership, Jimmy McElligott, M.D., MSCR, Medical Director and Shawn Valenta, MHA, Administrator.
The role of the Center of Excellence (COE) is to fill important gaps in the national telehealth landscape through a combination of ongoing regional and national collaborations, as well as proactive dissemination of telehealth resources. The HRSA agreement states that the Center is a national clearinghouse for telehealth research , resources, and technical assistance. The resources will be a result of applying team science to characterize telehealth best practices and developing materials and programs to facilitate next level telehealth. The three areas of research focus during the project period include:
- The impact of telehealth on federal and local healthcare spending.
- Provider and patient engagement in telehealth.
- Open access network evaluation and best practice dissemination.