Telehealth available in more clinics across the Alaska Tribal Health SystemJuly 15, 2016
Telehealth consultation is now available for the ANMC Neurosurgery Clinic and the Pain Management clinic. These clinics recently saw their first patients, bringing the number of ANMC services available for video teleconference to 30.
Last year, the number of clinics available for video teleconference consultations was 19. In the past year, the following clinics have become available for telehealth video conferencing and treatment following initial consultation with a provider:
- Neurology Emergency Consultation (with ANMC ED only)
- CCU Isolation Room for Ebola or other infectious agent response (if need arises)
- Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinic
- Primary Care to rural Anchorage Service Unit from Southcentral Foundation
- Women’s Health – OB/GYN
- Sleep Lab consultation
- Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Palliative Care
- Pediatric Neurology
- Pain Clinic
A key benefit of telehealth is increased access for follow-up visits to providers and specialists not usually available in rural areas. Through telehealth, our people can remain in their home communities by giving them access to the highest quality health care professionals in regional or urban centers.
ANTHC’s AFHCAN Telehealth Solutions program has improved health care for Alaska Natives and rural Alaskans around the state and helps make patient care more efficient by reducing the wait time, travel time and expense of specialty care and follow-up visits.
Telehealth is also becoming increasingly important for the way that health care is delivered across the U.S. and Alaska. This spring, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill that allows Medicaid beneficiaries to be seen via video teleconference consultation.