About SEWTN

 

Current Projects

The Southeast Wyoming Telehealth Network is currently working on projects that will enrich telehealth across Wyoming. Projects include telecardiology, telepsychology, educational projects and community enrichment, and Statewide Telehealth Policies as a part of the Wyoming Telehealth Consortium.

History

The Southeast Wyoming Telehealth Network, or SEWTN, is a resource for both patients and providers of health care utilizing telecommunications technology. The SEWTN can provide patients and providers with access to services, resources, and educational opportunities that are often only available in other areas. The SEWTN began forming in 2004 when Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) was awarded a grant from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) for the purpose of purchasing the necessary equipment to participate in telehealth applications. In 2005, another grant from OAT was awarded which provided funding to purchase video conferencing and clinical telehealth equipment for the other 6 participating hospitals in the region as well. Later that year, CRMC teamed up with the Center for Center for Rural Health Research and Education (CRHRE) at the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Hospital Association to apply for a network planning grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The consortium was awarded this grant in 2006, and is currently working on a strategic plan and clinical pilot implementation through its funding. Early in 2007 a Board was created and has worked with the Network Staff to develop the SEWTN goals and objectives. The consortium was awarded a grant from HRSA that will fund network expansion for the next 3 years. During 2008-2009 the Southeast Wyoming Telehealth Network (SEWTN) began developing a telemedicine component and continue to provide educational opportunities to the entire state.