Rural America already has a shortage of hospital beds. Telehealth could help move some patients to a new type of facility powered by broadband. New temporary regulations in response to COVID-19 will allow the change.Read More...
President Trump has mentioned telehealth as part of the response to COVID-19. That approach raises serious questions about the digital divide and rural residents’ lack of broadband access.
Treating a patient remotely combines the power of medical devices, hardware, internet technology, and old-fashioned medicine to provide a continuum of care. To address rural America’s healthcare shortage, it requires lots of bandwidth.
Telehealth means a lot more than just video conferencing between doctor and patient. Making the medical technology work means the ability to move data – lots and lots of data.
Co-ops offer several advantages for rural communities attempting to improve broadband connectivity. But large telcos don’t like them. North Carolina has loosened its restrictions on co-ops. Will other states follow?
The Department of Agriculture is emphasizing opioid-abuse treatment in a grant program that supports telemedicine. The next deadline is April 15. Meanwhile, a vendor releases a free version of their software, which provides telemedicine…
Will Arkansas become the first state to rescind its ban on local-government ownership of internet service providers? With the issue before the state Legislature, citizen input could have an impact on the decision.
With faster connections and easy accessibility, these community institutions are the logical place to offer telehealth services.
Behavioral health is one of the most popular medical services provided via telehealth. The trend may improve healthcare access in rural areas, where there are fewer specialists and services available locally. The key to this improvement is…