To promote advanced information technologies and services to improve access to high quality healthcare focusing on medically underserved and rural Californians.
The creation of CTN began in 2007 when a coalition of California healthcare, technology and governmental agencies collaborated to request funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the expansion of broadband throughout California’s rural and underserved areas. The FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Project (RHCPP) awarded $22.1 million to California for the installation of broadband services and the development of a medical grade telecommunications network to serve rural and safety net clinics and hospitals. The FCC RHCPP funding, originally awarded to the University of California Office of the President, was completely transferred to CTN in 2012 to help transition CTN into an independent California 501c3 nonprofit corporation.
In 2011, CTN took control of the California Telehealth Resource Center (CTRC) which is one of 12 regional resource centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) which is within the Federal Health and Human Services Agency. HRSA provides grant funding to CTRC to support telehealth education, training and implementation assistance for California health care providers.
Additional CTN 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.
In May 2017, CTN became part of the OCHIN family of organizations. OCHIN (www.OCHIN.org) is a nonprofit healthcare innovation center designed to provide knowledge solutions that promote quality, affordable health care for all.
CTN is California’s leading consortium of organizations focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology which includes telehealth, telemedicine and health information exchange.