Arizona Telemedicine Program Wins National Award for Distance-Learning Programs

Arizona Telemedicine Program Wins National Award for Distance-Learning Programs
Arizona Telemedicine Program Wins National Award for Distance-Learning Programs

The Arizona Telemedicine Program recently won a national award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association for "Excellence in Distance Learning Programming - Healthcare/Telemedicine."
The awards program is considered the most prestigious in the country for distance-education programs, said Richard A. McNeely, co-director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program, based at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) in Tucson. McNeely also is director of the AHSC Division of Biomedical Communications.

The award recognized the collaborative efforts of many AHSC departments and programs, including: numerous clinical and academic departments that provide distance-learning content in the form of courses and grand rounds; AHSC Biomedical Communications for training faculty in distance-education teaching techniques, producing the educational events and routing them to the telemedicine network; the network and distance-learning coordinating staff in the telemedicine program; and the numerous remote-site coordinators who facilitate these programs at locations throughout Arizona.

According to the U.S. Distance Learning Association, "The Arizona Telemedicine Program continues to provide a variety of educational programs for the rural telemedicine sites throughout the state of Arizona, addressing the needs of the culturally diverse communities they serve."

Directed by Ronald Weinstein, MD, the Arizona Telemedicine Program is bringing a broad range of medical subspecialty expertise to many rural communities. The program unites the three state universities, the health care system of the Arizona Department of Corrections and more than 20 rural communities in Arizona.

Broadcasts also are available at the practitioner's personal computer by means of Biomedical Communications' video-streaming technology. To date, the program has provided almost 9,500 credit hours to health care professionals throughout Arizona.