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The Drive To Quality And Access In Rural Health
Oct 17, 2018 - Focuses on the role quality measurement plays for rural participation in quality improvement initiatives and the relationship between access to care and quality in rural areas. Features the efforts of the National Quality Forum's Measure Applications Partnership Rural Health Workgroup, which recently identified a core set of quality measures to help address the unique needs of rural providers.
Source: Health Affairs Blog
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Drone Ambulances to the Rescue
Oct 16, 2018 - Focuses on a Mississippi-based team of doctors working on using drones as aerial ambulances carrying medical kits to allow people on the ground to provide simple medical care until emergency services arrive. The kits will also include an augmented reality interface that will allow doctors to observe the medical emergency remotely and help provide care. Kits have been designed in varying sizes and complexities, with smaller kits for search-and-rescue missions in remote areas and larger kits for natural disasters and other mass-casualty events.
Source: Next Avenue
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County Teams with Co-op to Bring Telemedicine to Veterans
Oct 15, 2018 - Describes a collaboration between a rural Kentucky county's library, a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, and a rural telecom cooperative to offer medical services to veterans using telemedicine. The service, called the "Virtual Living Room," allows veterans to use the library's computers and broadband internet, provided by the co-op, to connect with their doctors at the VA hospital.
Source: National Association of Counties
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For Mothers, Better Monitoring Arrives Digitally
Oct 12, 2018 - The Before Baby: Avera Remote Gestational Diabetes Monitoring program in Mitchell, S.D. provides remote home monitoring of blood sugars in pregnant women with suspected blood sugar problems. The remote monitoring of blood sugars allows providers to more closely monitor blood sugar in rural patients and make immediate treatment recommendations.
Source: The Daily Republic
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UAMS Utilizes Telemedicine Program to Provide Faster Stroke Treatment
Oct 11, 2018 - Highlights the Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support (AR SAVES) program, a pilot program that allows physicians to assess suspected stroke patients using telemedicine while in transit via ambulance to local hospitals. Many of the hospitals participating in the program are located in rural parts of the state.
Source: THV11
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Avera Receives Helmsley Grant to Extend Behavioral Health Telemedicine
Oct 10, 2018 - Avera Health, with funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, is adding behavioral health services to the list of telemedicine applications available through Avera eCARE in an effort to increase access to mental health services in rural areas. The virtual behavioral health team will first focus on providing services for people in crisis presenting at emergency departments and lend off-hours response support for inpatient psychiatric hospitals. Mobile support will also be provided to first responders dealing with individuals experiencing a crisis in order to get them care quickly.
Source: Avera eCARE
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FCC Enables Alaska Carrier to Receive $78M in Rural Health Care Funding
Oct 10, 2018 - Announcement from the Federal Communications Commission approving nearly $78 million in funding through the Rural Health Care Program to support telecommunication services in Alaska. The Rural Health Care program allows rural healthcare providers to pay the same rate for the services as their urban counterparts, a rate that is typically less than they would normally have to pay.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Microsoft's Rural Access Program Enters Next Phase in Maine
Oct 10, 2018 - Highlights the next phase of Microsoft's Airband Initiative in Maine. The program provides funding to local internet service providers to expand broadband access to rural and hard to reach communities using alternate technologies like TV White Space and fixed fiber. Microsoft's ultimate goal is to increase access to telehealth services and to close the rural internet gap in the U.S. by July 2022.
Source: Mainebiz
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From a Physician Assistant in Fairbanks to a Vending Machine in Interior Alaska: Witnessing Tribal Health Solutions Firsthand
Oct 9, 2018 - Blog post, written by Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, detailing a tour of several Alaskan communities to learn about how healthcare is delivered in remote parts of the state through telehealth services, vending machines that dispense medications, and through the use of community health aids.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Strengthening Health and Health Care in Rural America
Oct 4, 2018 - Blog post from the Commonwealth Fund written by Mary Wakefield. Discusses the history of rural health, the present and future health needs in rural communities, and the efforts of the Commonwealth Fund to improve rural health both in the past and looking forward. Includes considerations around payment policy, healthcare delivery, healthcare workforce, community partnerships, and research.
Source: To The Point, The Commonwealth Fund
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