Dec 23, 2022 - Details a program expanding telehealth services to ten rural libraries in Maine. Highlights the pilot program at the Cary Memorial Library in Houlton, ME. Discusses the role libraries can play in expanding access to rural communities via telehealth.
Dec 22, 2022 - Describes efforts by Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the Geisinger Medicine Institute in Danville, Pennsylvania to bring health care to people's homes. This includes virtual behavioral health appointments, remote patient monitoring, and a fresh food pharmacy program.
Dec 22, 2022 - Describes ways in which telehealth is being used to conduct appointments with sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), who have extensive training in caring for assault survivors and collecting evidence for possible criminal prosecution. The services, known as teleSANE, are expanding across the country in rural, sparsely populated areas.
Dec 20, 2022 - Blog post reviewing legislation and regulations enacted since March 2021 regarding states' policy changes to their individual and group health insurance coverage requirements for telemedicine, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examines expansion of telephone visits and behavioral health services, protections to preserve patients' access to providers, and equity considerations.
Dec 19, 2022 - Describes a new study analyzing how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Rural Health Clinics' operations and ability to provide cancer screenings. Results show the importance of maintaining telehealth availability and coverage to rural healthcare, and rural cancer care in particular.
Dec 19, 2022 - Describes efforts to combat a lingering HIV outbreak in Kanawha County, West Virginia, that has disproportionately affected people who live on society's margins. Notes that although the CDC made recommendations to improve access to sterile syringes in this county, recently enacted state and local laws and ordinances have made clean syringes harder to get, especially in rural areas.
Dec 16, 2022 - Announces a new research network established by the National Institutes of Health, that will test harm reduction strategies in different community settings. This research network will examine the efficacy of moving harm reduction services and tools into communities via mobile vans, peer support specialists, internet- and smartphone-based tools, and other types of outreach.
Dec 12, 2022 - Notice from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeking comments on advancing patient and healthcare workforce safety through the development of a National Healthcare System Action Alliance to Advance Patient Safety (Action Alliance). The Action Alliance is intended to support improvements across healthcare delivery and between settings of care through a partnership with healthcare systems, patients, families and caregivers, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies, and other stakeholders to support sustained improvements in patient safety. This request for information seeks comments about innovative models of care, approaches, promising strategies, and solutions for overcoming some of the common impediments to safety being experienced in healthcare today. Comments are due by January 26, 2023.
Dec 2, 2022 - Interview with Jennifer Hammonds, who works as a licensed clinical social worker with Care-A-Van, a mobile school health clinic serving students in rural southern Illinois. Discusses funding issues, the pandemic's effects on mental health, and the overlooked importance of high quality adolescent healthcare.