UnitedHealthcare has donated $700,000 to the California Telehealth Network to help expand telemedicine training and provide technical support for rural and medically underserved clinics and hospitals in California.
California Telehealth Network (CTN ) is California’s statewide partnership for telehealth. It uses broadband technology to improve access to quality health care with a focus on rural and medically underserved communities. CTN plans to partner with the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center (CTEC ) and other stakeholder partners to provide training and technical support for CTN sites throughout the state.
This is the second grant UnitedHealthcare  has given CTN. In 2010, UnitedHealthcare donated $600,000 to help launch CTN and its goal of connecting telehealth devices across the state.
“Less than 20% of our locations have onsite information technology expertise. The UnitedHealthcare funding also enables CTN to provide much needed IT support to our sites to enable them to better utilize the technology CTN makes possible,” said Eric Brown, president and CEO, California Telehealth Network.
UnitedHealthcare offers health benefits, including employer-sponsored and Medicare health plans, to nearly 3 million Californians, and partners with about 50,000 physicians across the state.