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About Wyoming Telehealth

Mission Statement

WyTN facilitates the connectivity between provider and patient or provider and specialist and provides on-going training in telehealth best practices for Wyoming healthcare professionals via monthly professional development.


Vision Statement

The WyTN is a network where patients can connect with providers and providers to specialists to provide easier access for patients and improve overall health for Wyoming residents.


Benefits of Telehealth

Why telehealth? Both patient and provider can benefit from telehealth. Here are just a few examples:

Patient

  • Rural patients can stay in local communities while having access to primary care providers and/or specialty services.

  • Improved health outcomes through earlier diagnosis.

  • Reduces healthcare costs.Travel in dangerous winter weather no longer necessary.

    • Lowers patient travel costs and missed work/school associated with commute to urban locations.

    • Fewer emergency room visits.

    • Home monitoring reduces high cost hospital visits.

    • Local providers able to consult with specialists to improve disease management without added visit to specialist.

  • Hospitalized patients have advantage of staying in their home community closer to family while still receiving quality care managed by a specialist via telehealth.

  • Patients less likely to sacrifice care due to higher costs and time.

  • The focus is on patients and a balance of evidence-based care with patient preferences.

Provider / Healthcare Facility / Community

  • Rural clinics and hospitals can provide more specialty services.

  • Ease provider shortages.

  • Receive professional training without need for travel.

  • Better community image due to expanded healthcare services.

  • Increase revenue in community by keeping patients local.

  • Telemedicine as a delivery method as part of an innovation in health care delivery – is beginning to use inclusive care strategies extending beyond the traditional brick and mortar walls.

  • As part of emerging medical neighborhoods, telehealth addresses challenges by encouraging the flow of information across sites of care and between clinicians and patients; pursuing the framework for better health, better care and lower costs.

Guiding Principles

  • Existing resources and knowledge will be leveraged.

  • Telehealth initiatives will be interoperable.

  • The telehealth network will be collaborative.

  • Telehealth will integrate into the health system and support other initiatives.

  • Healthcare providers will be educated on the capabilities and benefits of telehealth.

University of Wyoming / Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Staff

The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is a member of the national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). WIND works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and University of Wyoming students through education, training, community services, and early intervention. WIND is an academic department within the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wyoming. The Department of Health, Office of Rural Health has contracted with UW/WIND to assist in managing the Wyoming Telehealth Network.

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center / Institute of Population Health

The Wyoming Institute of Population Health is a Division of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. It was formed to help Wyoming communities and their healthcare providers develop strategic platforms for taking a more proactive approach to patient care and population health management.

What is the difference between Telehealth and Telemedicine?

Telehealth is different from telemedicine because it refers to a broader scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine. While telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical services, telehealth can refer to remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services. (https://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/faqs/what-telehealth-how-telehealth-different-telemedicine)

Telehealth/Telemedicine is not a medical specialty; it is simply the means of bringing patient and providers together.  This delivery method is essential for moving healthcare closer to patients and meeting the need to expand care availability.


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Wyoming Telehealth Network

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2948

Email: wy-telehealth@uwyo.edu

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