Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research

The Tahoe Institute For Rural Health Research

The Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research (TIRHR), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tahoe Forest Hospital District, was formed in August 2009 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The mission of TIRHR is to develop innovative technological or programmatic products and practices, which improve the affordability and delivery of high quality healthcare to rural and underserved communities. Challenges for these communities include scarcity of physicians, particularly specialists; geographical isolation; distance traveled for care; and resource limitations (financial, technological, facilities and equipment).  TIRHR is particularly interested in innovations that reduce healthcare costs or reform healthcare delivery in rural hospitals, clinics, and remote or home settings.

Project ideas for TIRHR typically originate from healthcare professionals, primarily from remote or rural environments, who work with more limited resources and are looking to solve an unmet need. The innovations developed by TIRHR will reduce the cost of care and/or improve quality of care and will therefore be applicable to a wide variety of healthcare settings, both rural and urban. The scientists and engineers working as management or staff of TIRHR have significant experience in conducting revolutionary research and bringing important new technologies to market. The Board of Directors  of TIRHR consists of members that are associated with Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS), TIRHR’s collaborative partners, and Tahoe community leaders.

Collaborative Partners

TIRHR has collaborative agreements or arrangements in place with a number of prestigious partners.  These arrangements allow TIRHR access to the faculty, scientists, research findings, equipment, facilities, and funding grants of these organizations. Current collaborative relationships include:

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • The National Science Foundation
  • University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Schools of Medicine and Nursing
  • Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBEST) at UC Davis (CBEST advances research,development, and application of new optical/photonic tools and technology in medicine and the life sciences)
  • UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
  • UC Davis Innovations Center A state-of-the-art research laboratory with a focus on changing the future of healthcare delivery in both rural and urban settings
  • UC Davis Clinical and Transitional Science Center (CTSC)- (A two-time recipient of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award, CTSC provides UC Davis researchers with connections, assistance, training and tools to help translate ideas into products to improve health and healthcare delivery.
  • UC Davis Graduate School of Management