Rural individuals face many health disparities compared to urban individuals. Poverty and poor access to healthcare contribute greatly to these disparities. Overall, rural communities are in poorer health than others.
Gordan Alloway, healthcare delivery expert, has recently joined PSN as a telehealth and telemedicine adviser.
The telemedicine issues we at PSN have identified are common in this growing industry and that solutions are being developed in rapid fashion.
The Virtual Consultation: Communication Between Rheumatology and Primary Care
The use of telemedicine to ensure 24/7 access to consultation and care in rural areas is one of the major recommendations of the AHA/ASA
Many tele-ICU programs have been developed at academic medical centers as part of demonstration projects; the challenge is expansion to rural hospitals.