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NRTRC Collaborates with Offices of Rural Health

April 30, 2014

I am working with our region's Offices of Rural Health to see how we can work synergistically to expand Telehealth services to our under-served areas. One of the items they asked me for was a survey of what Telehealth services are being offered in each state. The idea is that if they know what's already available, they can talk to their providers and Critical Access Hospitals and let them know what services are available and encourage them to make use of those services. The most-offered specialties are, as I expected: Behavioral health, dermatology, radiology and stroke care. These are offered in all seven states. Physical therapy, speech therapy and wound care are offered in some states, but they're the least available now. Emergency care and intensive care are pretty widely offered. It's a real mix of specialty services, but the long list of specialties shows that pretty much everything offered in person can be offered with Telehealth. And that's not bad!

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