Arizona Telemedicine Blog Book - Page 36

Northern Arizona Telemedicine Programs Form Cooperative Alliance B y N a n c y Ro w e May 9, 2014 T elemedicine is burgeoning in northern Arizona, thanks largely to three Flagstaff-based telemedicine programs. All three programs are notfor-profit, bringing services to medically underserved areas and populations throughout the five counties of northern Arizona. All three programs have won acclaim for their telemedicine programs. And all three have collaborative, innovative leaders. Meet the players Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA), which contracts with the state to manage behavioral health services for the Medicaid population and those with serious mental illness in northern Arizona, started its telepsychiatry program in 1996 with funding from the same legislative grant that started the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP). Flagstaff Medical Center Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) has a three-and-a-half-year-old telemedicine program that is clinically based, with a focus on reservation work. FMC has won two USDA Grants funding 14 telemedicine carts deployed at Indian Health services tribal and community hospitals throughout northern Arizona to provide telecardiology and other medical specialty services, including a cart at Supai, a Havasupai village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. FMC’s “Care Beyond Walls and WiresTM” is a successful home-monitoring program that is drastically reducing hospital readmission rates and improving the health of patients with chronic illnesses such as congestive heart failure. How we met Since then, NARBHA’s program has grown to include 90 endpoints. With 25 psychiatric providers throughout Arizona and the cou