The Arizona Telemedicine Program, based at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been recognized by AZ Business magazine for “Outstanding Achievement in Digital Health.”
Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, founding director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP), accepted the award at the magazine’s 10th Annual Healthcare Leadership Awards celebration earlier this month in Phoenix.
“Founded more than two decades ago, the Arizona Telemedicine Program was developed in response to perceived disparities in health-care services between the urban and rural populations in the state,” AZ Business stated in its announcement. “A true pioneer, ATP has labored to bring innovative telemedicine services into the mainstream as a health-care delivery system in Arizona and around the world.”
“Telemedicine is a growth industry worldwide today,” Dr. Weinstein said. “We are proud of Arizona’s leadership in this industry and the role the ATP has in making this happen.”
Launched in 1996 with financial support from the Arizona Legislature, the ATP now serves 170 sites throughout rural Arizona. In 2009, the ATP established the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center, which provides technical expertise and advice to telemedicine programs at hospitals and other health-care organizations in Utah, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
In 2003, the ATP created the T-Health Institute, described as the “e-classroom of the future,” in the historic Phoenix Union High School, now part of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix in downtown Phoenix.
About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is celebrating 50 years of innovation and advancing health and wellness through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research and advancements in patient care in Arizona and across the United States. Founded in 1967, the College ranks among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care and is leading the way in academic medicine through its partnership with Banner – University Medicine, a new division of one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country. For more information, please visit medicine.arizona.edu
About the University of Arizona Health Sciences
The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu.