We are northern New York’s leading agency focused on increasing access to health care through the innovative use of telehealth and telemedicine technology.
The North Country Telehealth Partnership was born out of the funding of a 5-year grant provided by New York State’s Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health, which commenced on April 1, 2013.
Initially operating under the North Country Healthcare Providers, LLC., organizational and administrative focus became clearer as we contracted with the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization — based in Watertown, NY. By the end of 2014, we were entirely focused on supporting telehealth initiatives in northern New York. As the need for telemedicine in the area grew quickly, we extended our partnership into the Adirondack Region, contracting with the Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) in 2015.
Today, our mission is to provide local health care providers the technical assistance they need to develop and expand telehealth services, which improves access to high-quality health care for medically under-served and rural north country residents.
Funding for the infrastructure and equipment to support the North Country Telehealth Partnership has come through the Federal Communication Committee’s “Rural Health Care Pilot Program” and the New York State Department of Health’s “HEAL 21” grant. The infrastructure includes two fiber-optic networks — the Adirondack-Champlain Telemedicine Information Network, or (ACTION), and the North Country Telemedicine Project (NCTP).
ACTION is a regional, fiber-optic broadband telecommunications/telemedicine network that connects participating entities at sites in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Rensselaer, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties in New York, and Chittenden County in Vermont.
NCTP is also a regional, fiber-optic broadband telecommunications/telemedicine network, connecting participating entities in Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga and St. Lawrence counties in New York.
The North Country Telehealth Partnership has established organizational and technical relationships within these counties and continues to work to expand its ability to connect patients and providers, especially throughout the rural counties of New York. Specialty providers working within our network currently come from Onondaga and Monroe Counties.