The Eastern Virginia Telemedicine Network (EVTN) is a web-based health professions' distance learning telemedicine network that enables health professionals throughout eastern Virginia to access continuing professional education programming from any location via the internet.
The EVTN was established in 1998 by the Eastern Virginia Area Health Education Center (EVAHEC), Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), WHRO (the region's public TV and radio affiliate) and the Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. (ESRH).
Major funding for the establishment and initial operation of the EVTN was provided by the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF). The VHCF promotes and supports local public/private partnerships that increase access to primary care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. VHCF is a non-profit independent entity initiated in 1992 by the Virginia General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care.
Additional and ongoing funding support for the EVTN over the years has been provided by EVAHEC, EVMS, the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters and Sentara Healthcare. Currently, funding for the EVTN is provided, in part, by EVAHEC from the AHEC Branch, Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and by EVMS, to support the practice of primary health care professionals in medically underserved areas of eastern Virginia.