Alaska and Hawaiʻi partner on telehealth

April 4th, 2011  |  by  |  Published in Campus News

Alaskan woman at home on her computer

Alaska and Hawaiʻi share similar healthcare challenges, including service delivery in remote, rural settings and native peoples who suffer from disproportionately higher rates of serious illness.

So the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine and College of Social Sciences have joined forces with the Alaska Federal Health Care Partnership to develop telehealth technologies to provide preventive, promotive and curative aspects of healthcare.

Building on a decade of experience in telemedicine and a department dedicated to the health of Native Hawaiians, the medical school’s Telehealth Research Institute will leverage a three-year, $980,000 federal grant to establish the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center.

The Alaska partnership, which serves Alaskan federal beneficiaries, is in the second year of a three-year $750,000 federal grant for Home Telehealth Monitoring.

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