Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) and University Medical Center (UMC) in Tucson have announced that three additional rural Arizona hospitals will now have real-time access to UMC teletrauma specialists through the Telemedicine for Teletrauma program.
The Telemedicine for Teletrauma & Critical Care program will help in resolving the shortage of trauma specialist in rural Arizona. Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, Benson Hospital, and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales join Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee and Southeast Arizona Medical Center (SAMC) in Douglas are the latest additions to the telemedicine for teletrauma network. With majority of the funding arriving from BCBSAZ, the program has been able to extend service to hospitals in Bisbee, Benson, Nogales and Sierra Vista. University Medical Center hopes to expand the program to other rural communities in the forthcoming year.