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 Health Care 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 Health Care 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 11-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 health care 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.
To join our Telehealth Learning Collaborative, please click here.
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. If you are a member of the media, please click here to reach our Communications Coordinator.