Dec 7, 2023 - Describes how the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of telehealth. Discusses the impact on rural healthcare delivery in Georgia, particularly with remote patient monitoring, as well as the challenges that still remain.
Source: Government Technology, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dec 1, 2023 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revising an information collection regarding the Rural Health Care Program. The FCC and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will use the information to determine if entities are eligible for funding pursuant to the Rural Health Care universal service support mechanism, to determine whether entities are complying with the Commission's rules, and to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. The effective date is December 1, 2023.
Nov 30, 2023 - The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) System, a trauma-informed care model, has been recognized for its role in increasing access to evidence-based sexual assault care in rural communities.
Nov 29, 2023 - Describes the use of both mobile and virtual care for rural residents in South Carolina as well as the challenges that come with this these models of service. Discusses remote patient monitoring, technology challenges, and sustainability of services.
Nov 27, 2023 - Highlights the New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC) which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. NETC works to increase and maintain broadband and telehealth infrastructure for rural healthcare providers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Discusses previous successes of NETC and future goals.
Nov 26, 2023 - Summarizes recent research finding that 17% of Medicare patients travel 50 or more miles for neurology care, noting that the travel burden is higher for residents of rural areas. Discusses the impact of travel time on follow-up care, the potential for telehealth, and workforce shortages.
Nov 24, 2023 - Highlights the use of telehealth in rural ambulance services in South Dakota, useful for rural medics with less experience treating severe injuries. Notes that South Dakota has the only statewide program in the country.
Nov 16, 2023 - Highlights the Veteran Administration's telehealth heart and lung care program through the Office of Rural Health. Notes challenges to accessing cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation for rural Veterans and disparities in diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for rural residents.