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Using Telemedicine to Increase Access, Improve Care in Rural Communities

Description
Examines Avera Health, an integrated delivery system based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to highlight how telehealth can be used to improve access in rural areas. Avera offers "eEmergency" telehealth services to more than 130 rural hospitals and "ePharmacy" services to roughly 75 rural hospitals, and other telehealth services. Discusses Avera's expansion into other areas where provider recruitment may be difficult, including prisons, schools, and long-term care facilities.
Author(s)
Sarah Klein, Martha Hostetter
Citation
Transforming Care: Reporting on Health System Improvement
Date
03/2017
Type
Document
Organization
Commonwealth Fund
Tagged as
Access · Specialty care · Telehealth · South Dakota