Greetings Northwest Region:
New Year: New Opportunities
2022 brings a new year, a new perspective and new opportunities! We heard you!
You want telehealth trainings! Here’s a reminder about the NRTRC's six high-quality, free, readily available, online telehealth trainings for you and your staff.

The NRTRC 2022 Annual Conference, Innovation in Telehealth will be back in person September 26-28 in Salt Lake City, Utah! If you enjoyed the last year’s virtual conference, you will not want to miss this.

This year, a pre-conference grant writing workshop will be offered by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). Watch for details on speaker and sponsorship opportunities. For more information email
National Telehealth Technology Assessment Center (TTAC)
Save the Date!

This two-day event will feature several telemedicine case scenarios where patients, caregivers and providers present virtual care models such as emergency services, behavioral health, school-based care, remote patient monitoring and direct to consumer patient care.

Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the technologies used in the telemedicine scenarios with the vendors themselves.

Exciting keynote presenters will kick off each day of the event. Register here.
Telehealth News

  • In December, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra appointed a new HRSA Administrator, Carole Johnson. Learn more in the press release.

  • HHS/DoD National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network. A joint program of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Department of Defense is available at no cost to hospitals caring for COVID-19 patients and struggling with access to enough critical care physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other specialized clinical experts. Teams of critical care clinicians are available to deliver virtual care through telemedicine platforms, such as an app on a mobile device. Hear from participating clinicians, and email to learn more and sign up.

  • Texas makes abortion via telehealth a crime: A new law in the state requires that physicians must examine pregnant women in-person before prescribing abortion medication and bans delivery of those medicines by courier, delivery or mail service – with potential consequences of jail time or a hefty fine.

  • Survey from Wrap-EM: The Western Regional Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management (WRAP-EM) is gathering data about the impact of COVID-19 on telemedicine. The alliance is asking for responses from healthcare professionals and patients. Responses are anonymous to this short survey.

  • CTeL Telehealth Cost Impact Study: The Centers for Telehealth and e-Health Law have published a study of the financial effects of telehealth services. The executive summary is available as a .pdf document.
Upcoming Events & Webinars:

Conferences to Look for in 2022:

  • HIMSS 2022: The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's Global Health Conference & Exhibition offers an opportunity for healthcare professionals to reimagine health and wellness services. The event includes a trade show. March 14-18 in Orlando, Fla.

  • ATA 2022: The American Telemedicine Association's annual conference will examine how to establish telehealth as a permanent modality in care delivery. The conference will explore practical applications of telehealth, offer hands-on workshops, and discuss visions of telehealth’s future. May 1-3 in Boston, Mass.

  • NRHA Health Equity Conference: The National Rural Health Association's conference is intended for those dedicated to bringing quality health care services to underserved and under-represented populations. May 10 in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • NRTRC Annual Conference 2022: Innovation in Telehealth: The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center's annual conference is scheduled for September 26-18 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • APHA 2022: 150 Years of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Leading the Path Toward Equity. The American Public Health Association's annual conference will be held Nov. 6-9 in Boston, Mass.
Search for a Telehealth provider in your state or in the Northwest Region by using the NRTRC's Telehealth Finder tool. You can find a provider near you, or search by the type of specialty care service you are seeking.
In July of 2020 the NRTRC received a technical assistance request from the only primary care clinic on Vashon Island, WA., stating that they were in danger of closing down unless they could find another provider system to assume operations of the clinic by the fall of 2020. They were exploring their options which included telehealth, triggering the technical assistance request.

The NRTRC team met with the clinic and provided resources for telehealth support. Since that initial meeting, the Vashon Island clinic has signed a contract with another community health clinic, and the contract is still in place.

In September 2021, the NRTRC received a technical assistance request from Kings County Library System in Washington state, which wanted guidance on how to create telehealth sites. Given the proximity to Vashon Island, the NRTRC reached out to Vashon Healthcare and put them in contact with the Kings County Library system. The NRTRC then contacted a provider at Kings County Health Department in Seattle, that had asked for help in 2020 regarding access for their diverse population of patients, and connected that organization with the library system.

Here is a link to the Kings County Library program, Teleconnect.
Telehealth Resources:

  • The Telehealth Resource Centers have gathered resources specific to Federally Qualified Health Centers. Example resources include a Critical Access Hospital Telehealth Guide and a webinar on Telehealth Essentials for FQHCs.

  • Research: current research opportunities, research articles, and survey results.
Grant Funding Opportunities:

  • Refer to the funding page on the NRTRC website for updated grant opportunities.
Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center
“This publication was made possible by grant number UiUTH42531-01 from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS”