Rural regions can face many challenges in delivering health care, including barriers to patient travel and provider access.

Telemedicine is the delivery of clinical health care services through real time video transmission to support remote patient monitoring and patient care.

AHI supports telemedicine throughout our nine-county North Country region by serving as a resource, organizing educational opportunities, sharing grant information and leading grant applications.

2017 North Country Telemedicine Conference

The North Country Telehealth Partnership strives to make this conference fun and informational, providing guests with updates on current trends in telehealth that are applicable to the rural populations we all serve. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Irina Gelman, Director of Fulton County Public Health. An interactive afternoon panel discussion, including presentations and Q&As, will feature representatives from the New York State Department of Health, Office of Mental Health, and Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. The day will conclude with a plenary session led by Elizabeth Zicari, President of HCR Home Care.

Click on the flyer below to register:


Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of this event.

  • Avizia (Premium Sponsor)
  • AMD Global
  • DynTek Services, Inc.
  • Elevate Health
  • HCR Home Care
  • Health Recovery Solutions
  • InTouch Health
  • Iron Bow Health Care Solutions
  • Medtronic
  • New Choices Recovery
  • SMP Corporation
  • The University of Vermont Health Network
  • Transnational Business Solutions, LLC
  • United Concierge Medicine
  • Westelcom

2016 Telemedicine Conference

2016 Telemedicine Conference Archive

AHI and the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, co-hosts of the North Country Telemedicine Conference, provide telemedicine resources and support in an 11-county region (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington).

North Country Telehealth Partnership

Visit the North Country Telehealth Partnership website for more information about northern New York’s leading agency focused on increasing access to health care through the innovative use of telehealth and telemedicine technology. The partnership, established in April 2013 with funding from New York State’s Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health, is a joint effort of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and Adirondack Health Institute. Its mission is to provide local health care providers the technical assistance they need to develop and expand telehealth services, leading to improved access to high-quality health care for medically-underserved, rural North Country residents.

Telemedicine Implementation Guide

Read the Telemedicine Implementation Guide, a document created for partners by the North Country Telehealth Partnership.

Join the Telehealth Learning Collaborative

The Telehealth Learning Collaborative is a monthly video conference hosted by the North Country Telehealth Partnership. The collaborative brings together stakeholders from across New York State to help ensure successful telemedicine project implementation, continuity and sustainability.

Telemedicine Program Planning Webinar Series

Telemedicine Program Planning Webinar Series, Part 1 of 4

Assess and Define – learn about the importance of telemedicine program planning and how to begin building a strong foundation through needs and readiness assessments.

PowerPoint presentation

Reference documents


Telemedicine Program Planning Webinar Series, Part 2 of 4

Develop and Plan I – learn how to build upon your telemedicine needs and readiness assessments to complete a solid outline of your program in three ways: worksheet, logic model, or business plan.


PowerPoint presentation
Implementation Logic Model
Medicare telehealth services
Program description worksheet
Reference documents


Telemedicine Program Planning Webinar Series, Part 3 of 4

Develop and Plan II – learn about various telemedicine technologies and how to find the right fit for your organization. Review important documents such as policies and procedures.


PowerPoint presentation
Business Associate Agreement
Room design
Telemedicine Credentialing Agreement
Telemedicine generic pilot policies and procedures


Telemedicine Program Planning Webinar Series, Part 4 of 4


PowerPoint presentation
Reference documents



AHI Performing Provider System (PPS)

Many Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) projects may incorporate telemedicine into implementation.

Draft Telehealth Regulation ChangeJune 2016.

Telemedicine Discussion Group on LinkedIn

Be part of the conversation – connect and collaborate with DSRIP colleagues and stakeholders on key DSRIP topics and issues, including telemedicine. From your LinkedIn account, simply request to join the group:  Join the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program Group.

Telemedicine Terms

Hub (Distant Site)

  • Site at which the physician or other licensed practitioner delivering the service is located at the time the service is provided via a telecommunications system.

Spoke (Originating Site)

  • Location of the patient at the time the service being furnished via a telecommunications system occurs. Telepresenters may be needed to facilitate the delivery of this service.

Store and Forward

  • Transfer of data from one site to another through the use of a camera or similar device that records (stores) an image that is sent (forwarded) via telecommunication to another site for consultation.