The University of New Mexico’s Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research at the UNM Health Sciences Center recently received the prestigious American Telemedicine Association (ATA) President’s Institutional Award 2007 in recognition of its contributions to the development and advancement of telemedicine worldwide. The award, sponsored by AMD Telemedicine, was given at the ATA National Conference in Nashville on May 14, 2007.  

This year’s award to the Center for Telehealth  and Cybermedicine Research reflects its efforts in advancing telehealth locally, nationally, and internationally. Since 1995, the center has been involved in the planning, implementation, research and evaluation of telemedicine systems for New Mexico, primarily serving its rural communities using information technologies, videoconferencing and the internet to provide access to clinical services and health education. 

On a local level, the Center for Telehealth has recently submitted a proposal to the FCC to provide connectivity by use of National Lambda Rail from UNM to rural communities across the States of New Mexico and Arizona.  The proposal was collaboration between the Area Offices of Indian Health Services from Albuquerque, Navajo, Tucson, and Phoenix, multiple divisions of UNM, New Mexico Tech and State Universities, as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

On a national level, as a Dale Alverson, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and UNM Regents' Professor and Medical Director for the Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research, is on the national boards of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and the Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTel)   Based in Washington D.C., the organizations are involved in policies, regulations and legislation that affect telehealth on a broad level. He is also the Director of the Four Corners Telehealth Consortium addressing regional interstate coordination between Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. 

The center has also been involved in international telehealth projects, particularly with Latin America. One initiative includes the use of river boats in the Amazon region that act as floating clinics with uplink-downlink telemedicine capability in the depths of the jungle. These endeavors include collaboration with the Iberoamerican Science, Technology and Education Consortium (ISTEC) that includes over 100 universities in Latin America and Spain, the UNM Latin American Iberian Institute, and the American Telemedicine Association Latin American Caribbean Chapter (ATALACC), for which Dr. Alverson has been the Secretary representing North America.  

 


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322