February 5, 2009
TTUHSC currently operates telemedicine sites in 15 state prisons and 11 community settings. In total, Doctor's participating in TTUHSC telemedicine treat 400-450 patients per month. The telemedicine equipment recently installed at the Amarillo, Friona, and Wellington Texas sites will allow these communities access to specialty care services. Further, these new sites create tremendous strategic value for outreach to their respective communities in the remaining 24 counties of the Panhandle.
Mark Watts, Telemedicine Technology Manager at TTUHSC has played a critical role in the success of this program. He continues to identify and implement the appropriate technology to meet the needs of the program based upon the medical challenges throughout the state.
"There is endless opportunity throughout Texas for telemedicine due to the distance barriers and remoteness of each rural county within the state. Telemedicine is the perfect solution," stated Watts.