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Multicultural Telehealth Alliance (MTA) vision - In this highly unregulated area of healthcare delivery our vision is to ensure culturally competent, accessible, and affordable care to all communities in the US and Abroad.

What is Multicultural Telehealth Alliance (MTA)?

The Multicultural Telehealth Alliance (MTA) is a research and professional development
program that considers issues of race and ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation as they influence the development of telehealth and telemedicine services.

MTA's mission is to educate, and empower consumers and healthcare providers about the value of cultural competence in telehealth care, through research, training programs, and the creation of best practices.

Program Structure
MTA's leadership consists of organizational, institutional, and community leaders who volunteer
time and lend their expertise to ensure sustainability of MTA's educational and research
programs.

For further questions please contact office for a consultant or to join membership
1-888-515-AHCP (2427)

What is Telemedicine/Telehealth?

Telemedicine — the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services define
telemedicine, for purposes of Medicaid, as a system to improve a patient’s health
by permitting two-way, real time interactive communication between the patient,
and the physician or practitioner at the distant site. This electronic communication
means the use of interactive telecommunications equipment that includes, at a
minimum, audio and video equipment. Telemedicine is viewed as a cost-effective
alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing medical care (e.g.,
face-to-face consultations or examinations between provider and patient) that
states can choose to cover under Medicaid.

Telehealth — the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services define
telehealth as: the use of telecommunications and information technology to provide
access to health assessment, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, supervision and
information across distance. Telehealth includes such technologies as telephones,
facsimile machines, electronic mail systems, and remote patient monitoring
devices, which are used to collect and transmit patient data for monitoring and
interpretation. While they do not meet the Medicaid definition of telemedicine they
are often considered under the broad umbrella of telehealth services. Even though
such technologies are not considered “telemedicine,” they may nevertheless be
covered and reimbursed as part of a Medicaid coverable service, such as laboratory
service, x-ray service or physician services (under Section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act)

Video of Expert Telemedicine/Telehealth Panel Discussion