Regional Telemedicine Initiative
Of all all our project areas, perhaps the fastest growing is our regional telemedicine initiative.
Work began in early 2009, when FDRHPO created the North Country Telemedicine Project (NCTP), an extensive fiber-optic network that connected more than 25 healthcare facilities in Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga and St. Lawrence counties, including Fort Drum’s Guthrie Ambulatory Healthcare Clinic.
This network expanded in 2011, when FDRHPO partnered with the Adirondack-Champlain Telemedicine Information Network (ACTION) to create a second network encompassing sites in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties — as well as Chittenden County in Vermont.
Funding for these programs was made available by the Federal Communication Commission’s “Rural Healthcare Pilot Program” and the New York State Department of Health’s “HEAL 21” grant. Today, FDRHPO’s telemedicine program remains funded by the Department of Health, as one of its Rural Health Development Programs.
In 2015, FDRHPO began a collaboration with the Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) to form the North Country Telehealth Partnership — a unified effort to plan and implement telemedicine throughout their 12-county catchment area, covering northern and central New York. This collaborative has quickly become northern New York’s leading agency focused on increasing access to healthcare through the innovative use of telehealth and telemedicine technology.
The Telehealth Learning Collaborative is a bi-monthly video conference hosted by the North Country Telehealth Partnership. It brings together stakeholders from across New York State to help ensure successful telemedicine project implementation, continuity and sustainability.
Our current membership is made up of more than 130 individuals from more than 90 organizations, which are listed below. To see the individuals who represent their organization on the collaborative, simply click on an organization for more information.
Adirondack Health Institute
Alice Hyde Medical Center
Alliance for Better Health
Alliance for Positive Health
The ARC of Ulster-Greene
Ascension — St. Mary’s Healthcare
Barclay Damon LLP
The Baywood Center
Behavioral Health Services North
Brown & Weinraub, PLLC
Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad
Care Compass Network
The Castleton Group
Catholic Family Center
Center for Disability Services
Centers Health Care
Champlain Valley Family Center
Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital
Chautauqua County Health Network
Clinton County Mental Health & Addiction Services
Community Health Care Association of NYS
Community Health Center Homecare
Community Health Center of the North Country
Community Health Network of CT
Community Partners of WNY/CHS Buffalo
Community, Work, Independence, Inc.
Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions, Inc.
Development Authority of the North Country
Elderwood of North Creek
Elizabethtown Community Hospital
Essen Medical Associates, PC
Essex County Mental Health
Essex County Office for the Aging
Essex County Public Health
The Family Counseling Center
Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency
Finger Lakes Community Health
Foley & Lardner
Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization
Fulton County Public Health
Fulton County Office for Aging & Youth
Glens Falls Hospital
Glens Falls Pediatrics
Hamilton County Public Health
HCR Home Care
Healthcare Choices NY
Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)
Healthy Connections Psychological Services
Hometown Health Centers
Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, Inc.
Hudson Headwaters Health Network
Lewis County Health System
Lexington Center for Recovery
Long Island Select Healthcare
Maplewood Health Care & Rehab Center
Mental Health Association in Westchester
Mountain Lake Services
Mountain Valley Hospice
Nathan Littauer Hospital
New Choices Recovery
NYS Department of Health
NYS Offices for People with Developmental Disabilities
NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
NYS Office of Mental Health
North Country Family Health Center
Northeast Telehealth Resource Center
Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc.
Northwinds Integrated Health Network, IPA Inc.
Oak Orchard Health
Open Door Family Medical Center
Open Door Mission
Orange County Department of Mental Health
Planned Parenthood of Greater NY
Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson
Plattsburgh Primary Care Pediatrics
Regional Primary Care Network
Rochester Regional Health
Schabel Medical Group
St. Catherine’s Center for Children
St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers
St. Lawrence County Community Services
St. Luke Health Services
St. Lawrence Health System
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Telehealth Associates, Inc.
University of Buffalo
University of Rochester Medical Center
The University of Vermont Health Network
Villa of Hope
Visiting Nurse Association of Albany
Vital Care Services
Warren County Public Health
Warren Washington Association for Mental Health
Wellcare Health Plans
Westchester Medical Center Health Network
If you have questions about our telemedicine program or the North Country Telehealth Partnership, our team can help you out! Get to know us below to see who might be your best contact.