About Us

A Telehealth Leader

cooltechThe California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC) is a leading source of expertise and comprehensive knowledge in the development and operation of telemedicine and telehealth programs. CTRC is nationally recognized as one of fourteen federally designated Telehealth Resource Centers around the country. CTRC offers extensive hands-on experience in telemedicine development. CTRC understands the larger healthcare delivery system and works with policy makers, corporate, and industry leaders, and community based organizations to develop an environment that will support the optimal use of telemedicine and telehealth.

CTRC has worked with hundreds of programs, providers, universities, government agencies, and equipment developers to identify best program practices, newly emerging technologies and trends, and studies that identify the impact of telemedicine services.

The California Telehealth Resource Center was made possible by grant number G22RH24744 from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS.

CTRC Mission and History

Mission and Vision

CTRC is the federally designated Telehealth Resource Center for California. CTRC’s vision is to achieve the fully optimized use of telehealth and other technology enabled health care in order to:

  • improve acess to health care for all California citizens
  • improve clinical efficiency and access to health information and education
  • reduce the cost of providing needed health care

CTRC’s mission is to be an objective source of information for health systems developing telehealth programs, to provide technical assistance and program support, to provide up to date information on policy, emerging trends and concerns, reimbursement, operations and other key topics and to provide leadership in the development of telehealth systems.

The California Telemedicine Resource Center (CTRC) is a leading source of expertise and comprehensive knowledge in the development and operation of telemedicine and telehealth programs. CTRC is nationally recognized as one of twelve federally designated Telehealth Resource Centers around the country. CTRC offers extensive hands-on experience in telemedicine development. CTRC understands the larger healthcare delivery system and works with policy makers, corporate, and industry leaders, and community based organizations to develop an environment that will support the optimal use of telemedicine and telehealth.

The California Telehealth Resource Center’s History

The Resource Center has a long history of leadership in telehealth. The California Telemedicine & Telehealth Coordinating Project initiated the creation of the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center (now known as the California Telehealth Resource Center) and produced the first strategic plan for California’s telemedicine adoption. The Resource Center became the focal point for initial telehealth development efforts in California and deployed the $20 million investment by The California Endowment in telemedicine.

This support has assisted in the development of 10 rural telemedicine networks, with over 100 sites throughout California. The Resource Center funded and aided in the development of new and innovative telemedicine programs for medical specialty services, behavioral health, school dental screenings, diabetic retinopathy screenings, patient education programs, breast cancer support group services, continuing medical education, provider site development and on-line telemedicine training, and collaborated on the development of California’s two Telemedicine Learning Centers at UC Davis and UC San Diego.

Since 1997, California’s Telehealth Resource Center has worked with hundreds of programs, providers, universities, government agencies, and equipment developers to identify best program practices, newly emerging technologies and trends, and studies that identify the impact of telemedicine services.

The California Telehealth Resource Center is housed within the California Telehealth Network, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation.