Healthcare providers from Maine, our farthest east state, one of our most rural and distinctive, have assertively declared they are going to be leading in telehealth. At a one-day summit of 150 providers at the University of Maine-Orono, organized by the Maine Center for Disease Control’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, and keynoted by ATA’s president Dale Alverson MD, Mainers reviewed how telehealth has worked since 2003 in some of the most unusual situations in the US (ships, islands, telespeech pathology). They are also one of the few states to mandate telehealth coverage in insurance plans. Healthcare IT News. Maine Telehealth Collaborative website.