Alexander Valley Healthcare (AVH) was recognized for the second consecutive year with a Health Improvement Technology (HIT) award by the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The HIT recognition is part of the Quality Improvement Awards presented annually by HRSA.
Specifically, AVH received the 2021 HIT award for advancing telehealth and patient engagement in order to increase access to care and improve quality of care.
AVH began connecting patients with medical specialists through telehealth a few years ago. Instead of traveling out-of-town to a specialist’s office for care, the patient speaks with the specialist in a video visit from an exam room at AVH. Expanding on this during the COVID pandemic, AVH began offering telehealth services with their own providers during 2020. For our patients, this makes it more convenient and practical to get care where they need it, when they need it.
HRSA presents the Quality Improvement Awards to recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide, as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains from the previous year. As part of the award, AVH received a grant of $40,750 from HRSA.