Telehealth Division

Telemedicine is a rapidly developing application of clinical medicine where information is transferred through interactive audiovisual media for the purposes of consulting and conducting remote medical examinations or procedures. Telemedicine may be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone or as complex as using satellite technology and video conferencing equipment to conduct a real-time consultation between a physician and patient in different locations. For rural populations that are geographically isolated, and for rural patients who are physically or financially unable to travel long distances, moving care closer through telemedicine is key to improving access to care for all of Alabama’s residents.

For several years, the College has provided telepsychiatry services to rural mental health centers in West Alabama. Through a program with the West Alabama Mental Health Center in Demopolis, mental health centers in that city and in five surrounding counties – Choctaw, Greene, Hale, Marengo and Sumter – are directly linked to psychiatrists at University Medical Center, which the College operates.

Previously, the College’s Institute for Rural Health Research recently received federal funding to expand telemedicine efforts in Alabama. The DeKalb County Youth Services Center received federal funding to support child and adolescent telepsychiatry consultation services to patients seen at their center. Psychiatrists at the College provide those services. Other services have included providing forensic psychiatry evaluations to DeKalb Juvenile Court.

A gift from Verizon funded the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, which provided diabetes education to individuals and family members in the rural Alabama counties of Sumter, Pickens and Clarke.  Another gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama funds the School Based Asthma Education Program for students, parents, teachers and other staff in DeKalb County.

Telemedicine Contacts

Leslie Zganjar, MPA
Director of Communications
(205) 348-3079
lzganjar@cchs.ua.edu

Lloyda B. Williamson, MD
Director, Telehealth Division
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Amelia E. de los Reyes, RN, BSN, MSN
Coordinator, Telemedicine Projects

Thaddeus P. Ulzen, MD, FRCP
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Marisa A. Giggie, MD, MPAFF
Assistant Professor and Forensic Psychiatrist
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine