Maximize access to health care services, especially in underserved regions of the state, through information and communications technology.
Inform, educate, connect and promote the adoption of telehealth.
CTN is the state consortium leader in administering federal dollars to aid eligible health care entities, especially in underserved regions of the state, gain access to broadband connectivity to provide health care services in their communities. CTN leverages an annual $400 million federal fund to administer these subsidies through 3 programs: CTN 1, Net Connect and Building Communities. Additionally, CTN facilities the Colorado Telehealth Alliance (CTA) and participates in the State Innovation Model (SIM).
2008 | Inception
CTN was formed in 2008 through $9.7 million in federal awards to establish statewide, dedicated health care networks. $5.1 million was awarded to the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC) to develop the Rocky Mountain HealthNet (RMHN) to support the behavioral health care community. $4.6 million was awarded to the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) to develop Colorado Health Care Connections (CHCC) to support the physical health care community. The two programs have operated jointly since their inception as CTN, distinguishing Colorado as providing integrated service to both behavioral and physical health care communities.
2012 | CTN 1
CTN is the federally designated provider for Colorado’s health care broadband infrastructure. CTN’s private, dedicated broadband network, known as CTN 1, became fully operational in the first quarter of 2012, one of the first in the nation to achieve this distinction. No other state receiving federal support has used their funds to create such a far-reaching, all-inclusive network.
2015 | Net Connect
To allow for more community health centers, local public health departments, community mental health centers or rural clinics and Community Safety Net Clinics to apply for federal subsidy, CTN launched its Net Connect Program.
2016 | Building Communities
A year after Net Connects inception, CTN began its Building Communities program. Much like Net Connect, this program focuses on larger telecom spends and growing broadband access throughout the state via local technology planning teams.
2018 | Diversity
In preparation for the sun-setting of CTN 1, a diversity campaign was launched urging all members the importance of redundant and diverse connections.