Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth is the leading agency in Georgia focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology including telemedicine, health information exchange and telehealth.
- Specialists – Adult & Pediatric
- Primary Care
- Nursing Homes
- Mental Health
- Child Advocacy
- School Systems
- Continuing Education
- Consultative Services in network design, telemedicine development and implementation
The statewide Georgia Telemedicine Program began in 2005 through a generous grant from WellPoint, Inc. Negotiations with Commissioner Oxendine for Anthem and WellPoint Merger resulted in the Commissioner Oxendine’s Rural Health Initiative and $100 million over the next 20 years in rural capital bonds and $11.5 Million over 3 years for a Statewide Telemedicine Program. The Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc. was formed in 2008 to continue the successes of the telemedicine program after Wellpoint’s 3 year commitment.
The Georgia Telemedicine Program was built based on advances in the continually evolving telecommunications and computer industries, and on successes and lessons learned from other Telemedicine programs. The hallmark of Georgia Telemedicine is the Open Access Network, which is a web of statewide access points based on strategic partnerships with successful existing Telemedicine programs, and the creation of new Telemedicine locations, to maximize opportunities for timely specialty services. When fully realized, the Program will enable all rural Georgians to access specialty care within 30 miles of their homes. Because there are so few specialist physicians in Georgia, the Telemedicine program implemented the Internal Program Collaboration Website to centralize scheduling of specialist consultations. By tracking open appointment times for panel specialists anywhere in the state, specialist consults via Telemedicine can now be requested and scheduled statewide in a matter of days or even hours, instead of weeks or months.