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See an overview of telehealth resources available in Guam
Guam is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the Western Pacific. It is the largest island of the Marianas Island archipelago. According to the 2020 US Census, the population of Guam is 153,836. The majority of the population reside in the northern part of Guam in the municipalities of Dededo, Yigo, and Tamuning.
Guam has been an unincorporated US territory for over a century after Spain relinquished the island to the US via the 1898 Treaty of Paris.
The healthcare system in Guam consists of both public and private providers supported by various health insurance options. Unlike other USAPIs, Guam has a large private practice sector. Similarly to its Pacific Island neighbors, there remains a shortage of specialty care that may partially be addressed by telehealth.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services is the public health agency for the Government of Guam (GovGuam) responsible for creating public health policies to assist the people of Guam in achieving and maintaining their highest levels of independence and self-sufficiency in health and social welfare. There are two hospitals that serve the residents of Guam as well as neighboring countries. The Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) is the only public hospital that operates under the oversight of a Board of Trustees under the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA). The second hospital is the Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC), which is a 136-bed privately owned acute hospital that includes an emergency department and specialty clinics. The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) is a public entity providing comprehensive mental health services and substance abuse treatment to adults and children. Medicaid and Medicare are available to Guam residents. In addition, there is a locally-funded Medically Indigent Program for residents who are low-income and uninsured.
Mixed public + private
Public + private + specialty clinics
In terms of broadband connectivity, Guam is considered a communication hub in the Micronesian region and is rich with a robust telecommunication infrastructure. However, like everywhere else in PBTRC’s region, there are pockets of areas in Guam that are remote and may have some connectivity reliability issues. Also, reliable connectivity cannot be taken for granted even in more concentrated urban areas because last mile connections and/or internal wiring may provide some limitations on access to broadband connectivity.
Read the 3rd Micronesian Island Forum Telehealth Resolution.
The PBTRC Pacific Island telehealth concept paper was submitted and presented to the Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA) Board of Directors that consists of the Ministers and Directors of Health in the US Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). During PIHOAs 63rd Executive Board Meeting, PIHOA Resolution 2018-63-01 was endorsed which called for unified support for the advancement of telehealth. This resolution prompted the leaders of the Micronesian Island Forum (MIF) to adopt Telehealth Resolution (No. 23-04) during the 23rd Micronesian Island Forum held in CNMI. The Resolution was signed by the Presidents and Governors of the USAPI to build regional and jurisdictional capacity and expansion of telehealth in the region. The PBTRC concept paper was included as an exhibit of the Telehealth Resolution (No. 23-04).
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The Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center (PBTRC) is an affiliation of the 14 Telehealth Resource Centers funded individually through cooperative agreements from the Health Resources & Services Administration, Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. This website was made possible by grant GA5RH37468 and 1 U1UTH42529‐01‐00 from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth/Health Resources and Services Administration/HRSA.