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UNMH gets $15MIL for telehealth project

telehealthThe Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has been awarded $15,120,767 to test expansion of their telehealth infrastructure system that will provide 30 hospitals statewide with remote emergency neurological and neurosurgical consultations.

The money, awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, will support the Access to Critical Cerebral Emergency Support Services initiative and help to provide improved emergency care at lower costs to rural communities, according to a joint news release from New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich.

The ACCESS initiative aims to increase availability of emergency neurological care. In partnership with Net Medical Xpress Solutions, based in Albuquerque, the project will provide patients at hospitals throughout the state with around the clock remote access to emergency neurological and neurosurgical consultations conducted by medical experts based at the UNM Medical Center in Albuquerque.

Each hospital will also receive equipment and tools to aid in neurological diagnosis and treatment on site, avoiding needless transfers to Albuquerque.

The principal investigator for the project, distinguished professor and chairman of neurosurgery at UNM, Dr. Howard Yonas, will collaborate with a team of highly trained neurologists and neurosurgeons at the UNM Medical Center to provide state-of-the-art neurologically-based telemedicine services throughout the state.