Kaiser Permanente Donates One Million Dollars to the California Telehealth Network to Expand Telehealth Access in Underserved Areas of California
SACRAMENTO, CA (April 22, 2015) – California Telehealth Network (CTN), the state’s partnership for telehealth, announced today that Kaiser Permanente has made a $1 million investment in CTN’s efforts to improve access to quality healthcare throughout California via telemedicine. Kaiser Permanente’s investments in the California Telehealth Network and in other quality improvement and population health programs are designed to transform care and improve healthcare access for our most vulnerable populations.
“Kaiser Permanente was founded on the idea that all people should have access to quality healthcare, and we support that commitment by investing in programs that improve the health of our communities,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. “We believe it is important to advance the use of telehealth and information technology, because they are playing increasingly important roles in expanding access to high-quality care and improving the health of underserved and rural communities throughout California.”
Kaiser Permanente is committed to building partnerships with the institutions that serve on the front lines of healthcare, like the California Telehealth Network, for the uninsured and underserved. By providing support to community health centers, public hospitals, local health departments and school health centers, Kaiser Permanente helps these safety net institutions deliver care to many low-income communities.
“Kaiser’s wealth of experience and leadership in the utilization of telehealth technology to improve patient outcomes will help CTN move to the next level to more positively impact healthcare outcomes in rural and underserved communities,” said Eric Brown, President and CEO of California Telehealth Network.
About California Telehealth Network
The mission of the California Telehealth Network is to promote advanced information technologies and services to improve access to high quality healthcare focusing on medically underserved and rural Californians. An independent non-profit 501c3, CTN has become one of the largest FCC-funded statewide telehealth networks in the nation, connecting over 750 healthcare provider locations. Additional funding has been provided by the California Emerging Technology Fund, the California HealthCare Foundation, the California Teleconnect Fund, the National Coalition for Health Integration, United HealthCare, Kaiser Permanente and the University of California. For more information, please visit www.caltelehealth.org or connect with CalTeleHealth on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of healthcare. We are recognized as one of America’s leading healthcare providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission is to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve approximately 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.
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- Steven Henry, Senior Director, Treasury Investment Management, UnitedHealthcare, West Region|
- Tom Andriola, Vice President, Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer, University of California Office of the President
- Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, Executive Vice President of Community Development, Kaiser Permanente
- Eric Brown, President & CEO, California Telehealth Network
- Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente
- Yvette Radford, Regional Vice President, External and Community Affairs, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
- Kevin Hart, Vice President and Regional Chief Information Officer – Northern California, Kaiser Permanente
- Dick Daniels, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.