CTN is California’s leading agency focusing on increasing access to healthcare, including telehealth, telemedicine and health information exchange, through the innovative use of technology.
An independent non-profit 501c3, CTN was initially funded through the FCC’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program which provided CTN with up to $22.1 million, the largest single state award of its kind. 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 and the University of California.
A product of an unprecedented coalition of stakeholders, including healthcare, technology, government agencies and others, CTN and this large and diverse group of partners are working together to create a telecommunications infrastructure that allows California’s rural and urban communities access to a broad range of technology-enhanced services to improve the quality of healthcare services.
CTN is California’s authorized FCC broadband consortium for healthcare. It has priority access to the FCC’s Healthcare Connect fund for California healthcare providers and began enrolling providers in the program in April, 2013.
CTN will connect over 800 California healthcare providers in underserved areas to a state- and nation-wide broadband network dedicated to healthcare.
Utilizing the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $1.3 million grant, CTN works with the California Telehealth Resource Center(CTRC), previously known as the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center (CTEC), to expand telehealth training and support for rural and medically underserved clinics and hospitals in California.