National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
In 2017, the 12 regional and 2 national Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) began operating collaboratively as the NCTRC (www.telehealthresourcecenter.org/). Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) for nearly 15 years, the TRCs provide unbiased, nonpartisan and expert telehealth technical assistance to health care organizations, networks, and providers with a focus on community health centers such as federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs). The TRCs provide advice on how to implement cost-effective telehealth programs, with particular emphasis on rural and medically underserved areas. The TRCs specialize in training, education, research, clinical applications and consultation services that are founded on staff expertise and knowledge. Their unique and dedicated skills, experience, and knowledge have provided services that have facilitated the utilization and growth of telehealth, addressing the needs of some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations. As the telehealth industry continues to expand, the TRCs will help America’s health system transition into a new era.