Our Team

The TexLa Telehealth Resource Center is a federally funded program designed to provide technical assistance and resources to new and existing Telehealth programs throughout Texas and Louisiana. We will continually evaluate Telehealth programs in these two states for effective delivery of Telehealth services, efficiency, sustainability, and patient satisfaction. We will also develop an interactive hands-on training center to provide guidance in Telehealth planning, implementation, management, and sustainability. We aim to educate policy makers about legislative and regulatory barriers to the use of Telehealth in Texas and Louisiana and work to improve reimbursement for Telehealth services with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and third party payers. Collaboration with the other regional Telehealth Resource Centers is ongoing… to share resources as well as lessons learned to help promote best practices in Telehealth across the United States.

Billy U. Philips, Jr. PhD, MPH

Executive Vice President & Director (Bio)
billy.philips@ttuhsc.edu


Becky Jones, MSN, RN-BC, CPHQ

Program Manager, TexLa (Bio)
becky.jones@ttuhsc.edu

Billy U. Philips, Jr. PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator

Dr. Billy Philips

Dr. Billy U. Philips, Jr. is the Executive Vice President for F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health. Dr. Philips holds an M.P.H. and a Ph.D. in Human Ecology (Epidemiology) from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center . He is is recognized nationally for his expertise in cancer control education.
The F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health serves as the primary liaison with communities across the 108-county TTUHSC service area. These community partnerships provide both the framework and the mechanism for achieving the mission of improving the health of West Texans.

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Becky Jones, MSN, RN-BC, CPHQ, Program Manager

Becky

Health care quality has dominated over half of Ms. Jones career as a registered nurse, dealing with patient safety and quality issues specific to ambulatory care. That experience enabled Ms. Jones to use quality principles and methods to facilitate process changes to maximize use of EHR technology promoting patient safety, cost reduction, and practice efficiency in her most recent position with the WTxHITREC. Extensive experience with change management, project management, team facilitation, workflow analysis and redesign enabled Ms. Jones to apply those principles working directly with practices in rural West Texas while considering the barriers and issues faced by rural healthcare providers.

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