Catalina Island

Telemedicine News CIMC Recognized as Site Champion for 2016

 

CIMC recognized as one of Telemedicine’s top performers in the state of California. Photo courtesy of CIMC
CIMC recognized as one of Telemedicine’s top performers in the state of California. Photo courtesy of CIMC

Catalina Island Medical Center (CIMC) has again been recognized as one of Telemedicine’s top performers in the state of California according to the California Telehealth Network (CTN). Site champion awards are given to healthcare members that conduct the most telemedicine consults. Other 2016 Site Champions include Ampla Health, Eastern Plumas Health Care, Tarzana Treatment Centers and Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. The California Telehealth Network (CTN) is the leading agency in California focusing on increasing access to healthcare through the innovative use of technology, including telehealth, telemedicine and health information exchange. The mission of the California Telehealth Network is to promote advanced information technologies and services to improve access to high quality healthcare for rural Californians in geographically isolated locations. CTN connects over 800 California healthcare providers in underserved areas to a state and nation-wide broadband network dedicated to healthcare. California Telehealth Network has compiled telemedicine activity information from healthcare locations that are connected to CTN. The goal of documenting the level of telemedicine activity taking place on the network is to continue to advocate for the necessary grant and investment funding to continue to support our participating sites. Catherine Rhyne, CIMC’s Chief Patient Care Services remarked, “Telemedicine is one of the best ways to improve access to specialty health care that is difficult to obtain in rural areas. It’s an important service for island patients to be virtually connected to the mainland medical specialists who treat them.” CTN puts the self-reported statistics into a confidential database which it only shares with state agencies directly related to funding and telemedicine advocacy. Currently CIMC offers consultations in endocrinology, pain management and telepsychiatry. With the planned expansion of care to include more local veterans needing services and a growing clientele from the West End Clinic in Two Harbors, the Catalina Island Medical Center is on the “cutting edge” of telemedicine technology. Categories of recognition include a sustainability award, multidisciplinary utilization of telehealth services and success story of the year. Congratulations to all of the 2016 Excellence in Telehealth Award winners and Telehealth Site Champions. Catalina Island Medical Center continues to support and serve its island patients with an ongoing commitment to telemedicine.