Oregon Office of Rural Health

Telehealth and Project ECHO in Oregon

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Telehealth in Oregon

Each state and payer defines telemedicine and telehealth differently. Oregon defines:  

  • Telemedicine as the provision of health services to patients by physicians and health care practitioners from a distance using electronic communications.
  • Telehealth as a variety of methods, through the use of electronic and telecommunications technologies, for the distance delivery of health care services, including dental care services, and clinical information designed to improve a patient’s health status and to enhance delivery of the health care services and clinical information.

Thank you, Oregon Rural Health Clinics, for telling us about your 2020 telehealth experience!

We appreciate your help describing the telehealth services that you’ve implemented to address your community’s health needs. We look forward to continue to support your efforts.

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) created an ArcGIS Story Map: Oregon Rural Health Clinic Telehealth: 2020 in partnership with the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon (TAO) and the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC). This work contextualizes and catalogs the health care services that Oregon’s Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are able to deliver via telehealth.

The Oregon Rural Health Clinic Telehealth: 2020 Story Map will also be available through the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon’s new website when it becomes available early this summer.  An announcement will be made when the new site is officially open.

Under the CARES Act, all RHCs were allowed to operate as distant site telehealth providers during the Public Health Emergency (PHE). Telehealth information in this Story Map was provided by Oregon's RHCs and describes the most commonly identified challenges and hopes to continue providing telehealth past the PHE.

This project was funded by Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) through the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to carry out telehealth and rural health activities. HRSA is used CARES funding to support the Telehealth Resource Center Program in preventing, preparing for, and responding to COVID-19.

If you have any questions about telehealth in Oregon or the Story Map, please contact Rose Locklear, locklear@ohsu.edu

Oregon Critical Access Hospital Telehealth Services

This story map shows the originating and distant Telehealth sites for Oregon’s 25 Critical Access Hospitals. Detail is provided for each hospital.

Oregon Rural Health Clinic Telehealth

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) created an ArcGIS Story Map: Oregon Rural Health Clinic Telehealth: 2020 in partnership with the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon (TAO) and the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC). This work contextualizes and catalogs the health care services that Oregon’s Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are able to deliver via telehealth.

Oregon Senate Bill 569 describes that the Oregon Health Authority shall prescribe by rule the information and documents that a governing body of an originating-site hospital may request for credentialing a telemedicine provider located at a distant-site hospital. ORS 441.056 speaks specifically to the rules outlined in this Bill for credentialing telemedicine providers.

The Oregon Medical Board (OMB) details telemedicine guidance described in their Statement of Philosophy on Telemedicine. The OMB Telemedicine webpage outlines rules for practicing across state lines, and practice guidelines for physicians (DO, MD, DPM), physician assistants, and acupuncturists.

Project ECHO is tele-mentoring education for providers on complex conditions, such as: Hepatitis C, Diabetes, Pain management and Addictions. Through video-conferencing, providers receive didactic training and advice on their complex cases from a team of Specialists (a Hub). Participating providers receive no cost CMEs and Nursing CEUs.

If you are outside of Oregon, find an ECHO program near you.

The Oregon ECHO Network is a statewide utility that supports the delivery of ECHO programming and services. Please see this link for available program opportunities. All programs are offered for no cost to the participant or facility and offer no cost CME.

For more information on how your facility can participate, please contact Maggie McDonnell | oen@ohsu.edu.

Contact

Rose Locklear | locklear@ohsu.edu | 503-577-3849