Telemedicine @ OUHSC

OUHSC Telemedicine Services Overview

The Center for Telemedicine
Founded to establish Oklahoma as a pioneering force in development and application of telecommunications technologies to health care services.

  • Facilitate the development of Oklahoma’s health information infrastructure
  • Develop telemedicine solutions
  • Research the effectiveness of telemedicine applications

History of Telemedicine in Oklahoma
Telemedicine was first implemented in Oklahoma in 1993 with over 45 rural hospitals, 15 regional hospitals, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Oklahoma was an early pioneer in the development, utilization and reimbursement of Store and Forward telemedicine.

The “Oklahoma Telemedicine Act” passed in 1997 stated the All health care service plans, disability insurer programs, workers’ compensation programs, or state Medicaid managed care program contracts are to include coverage for telemedicine services, where appropriate as determined by a health care practitioner.

Oklahoma Special Universal Services Funds legislation states: a single broadband line used for telemedicine to be provided free of charge to an eligible healthcare entity within the State, as the entity’s telemedicine equipment and service applications require. (revision HB.2738 - 2011, section 139.109). Rural not-for-profit hospitals, public health departments, correctional facilities, federally qualified health centers (FQHC), and community mental health clinics as eligible sites for Oklahoma Universal Service Funds (updated May 2012).

Telemedicine in Oklahoma is not centralized, but primarily offered through distributed and collaborative telemedicine networks and individual providers.
Oklahoma supports telemedicine/telehealth through the state’s high speed intrastate network, OneNet. The introduction of wireless technology and the internet has changed the affordability and accessibility of telemedicine and related applications.

Oklahoma telemedicine sites include hospitals, Children Advocacy Centers, clinics, community health centers, community mental health centers, correctional facilities, Indian Health Services sites, public health departments, schools, and Native American tribal facilities.

The Oklahoma Healthcare Authority administers Medicaid and reimburses for telemedicine services per its policy.

Telemedicine Terms

  • Telemedicine – the practice of health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of medical data, or exchange of medical education information by means of audio, video, or data communications. Telemedicine is not a consultation provided by telephone or facsimile machine.
  • Telehealth –the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. Examples include remote vital sign monitoring and diabetes education classes.
  • mHealth – is a term used for the practice of medicine and public health, supported by mobile devices. The term is most commonly used in reference to using mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones, tablet computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs), for health services and information.

OUHSC - Improving Health with Telecommunications Technology

The OUHSC Center for Telemedicine exists to enhance access to care to underserved areas of Oklahoma, and to provide educational opportunities for health care providers.

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been actively involved in telemedicine efforts around the state since 1993. OUHSC Center for telemedicine network is built on a Point to Point model which utilizes HIPAA compliant software and H.323 based video-conferencing, rather than the traditional “hub and spoke” proprietary model. This model allows greater flexibility and access between sites.

OUHSC Center for Telemedicine is actively involved in telemedicine applications.  Clinical telemedicine services are being provided to hospitals, healthcare clinics and in patient homes across the street, around state and to other states. Those services involve:

  • Diabetes Disease Management – Pediatric and Adult
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Genetics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Health - Pediatric and Adult
  • Dermatology
  • Cardiology – Pediatric and Adult
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Child Behavior

Numerous online store-and-forward consultations with specialty physicians at OUHSC are happening daily in many different clinical areas.

Access to medical library resources, continuing medical education and continuing education from all HSC colleges are readily available online and widely used by health care providers all across the state. Live synchronous distance education is currently provided by 5 colleges at over 10 locations stretching from Idabel to Woodward and Bartlesville to Lawton.  Bioterrorism training provided by the College of Public Health and the Southwest Center for Public Health Preparedness in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Dept. of Health is provided at multiple locations across Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado and specifically in 40 County Health Dept. offices. Online access to Bioterrorism training and information is available via the OUHSC web site to all healthcare providers.

Telemedicine User Forms

The University Notice of Privacy Practices (“NPP”) OUHSC Privacy and Medical Record Forms

                Acknowledgement of Receipt of the NPP OUHSC Privacy and Medical Record Forms

                Telemedicine Consent Form

Teleconsult Tips and Etiquette document

Heartland Telehealth Resource Center

The Heartland Telehealth Resource Center is a partnership of the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri. This is a federally funded, independent and impartial resource to assist in the development of sustainable telehealth programs and networks, as well as aid in the expansions of existing ones.

Telemedicine Contacts:

Candace Shaw
Assistant Vice Provost
Academic Technology and Telemedicine
Office: Library Rm. 164 E
Phone: 405-271-3030
FAX: 405-271-3151

Cynthia Scheideman-Miller, MHSA
Special Program Coordinator
Heartland Telehealth Resource Center
Office: Library Rm. 164
Phone: 405-271-8001, ext. 43485
FAX: 405-271-3053

Other Telemedicine Resources

Heartland Telehealth Resource Center -
Telehealth Resource Centers -
American Telemedicine Association -