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Resources by Topic: Mobile and episodic healthcare delivery

An Assessment of Mobile and Portable Dentistry Programs to Improve Population Oral Health
Describes configurations of portable and mobile dental programs including models and applications, discusses targeted populations, details variations in regulations by state, and examines outcomes of preventive interventions in underserved areas. Includes case studies of 7 programs initiated to improve access in underserved populations or in rural areas.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Rachel Carter, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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The Sky’s the Limit: Potential of Drone Usage in Rural Healthcare
Reports on how drones could be used in rural areas to address health-related concerns such as search and rescue, mosquito spraying, and delivery of supplies. Describes the July 2015 medical outreach event in rural Virginia where a drone was used to deliver prescription medicine.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Persistent Health Care Gap for Children Living in Poverty: Will the Health Technology Revolution Level the Playing Field?
Discusses the need for and the challenges to expanding healthcare technology for medically underserved children living in poverty stricken areas and in rural areas. Highlights the potential to improve access to healthcare and health outcomes through the use of electronic health records, telehealth, mobile medical clinics and diagnostic tools, and mobile communication devices. Offers recommendations for accelerating the use of technology in rural and underserved areas.
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Children's Health Fund
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ATC Update: The Health Wagon Featured on CBS News
The Health Wagon, which offers free health care to thousands of patients each year in Southwestern Virginia, was recently spotlighted on the CBS news show, “60 Minutes.”
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Location: Rural Monitor, 2014(Spring)
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Screening Tennessee Women From Top to Bottom
A women’s health event started by Darryl Adams, NP, in Grundy County is getting more women screened for breast and cervical cancer.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2013(Summer)
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Improving Accessibility: VISN 11 Mobile Prosthetics Van Program
Describes a mobile program that provides prosthetic and orthotic services to veterans in areas of Michigan, Indiana, northwest Ohio, and eastern Illinois that did not previously offer them and that may be many miles away from the nearest veteran medical center (VAMC).
Author(s): Sherri DeLoof, Guadalupe Bravo, Ernest Howard, Michael Rilenge
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Rural Health Resource Center: Central Region
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Delivering Free Healthcare to Rural Central Appalachia Population: The Case of the Health Wagon
Describes the Health Wagon, a full mobile medical clinic delivering free health care to those in rural Southwest Virginia in Central Appalachia.
Author(s): Teresa Gardner, Paul Gavaza, Paula Meade, Donna Adkins
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 12, 2035
Date: 03/2012
Type: Document
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Mobile EMS Lab Improves Critical Care in Nevada's High Desert
Highlights Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Services (HGH-EMS), in Nevada, which is taking ultrasound and lab out in the field to improve patient outcomes in rural areas.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2011(Fall)
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Screening Program Designed to Reach Rural Residents of Maine
Reports the findings of a blood pressure (BP) and blood glucose screening program conducted from a mobile van that visited community events in order to bring screening services to rural Mainers.
Author(s): David Harris, Lois Hamel, AbouEl-Makarim Aboueissa, Deborah Johnson
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 11, 1727
Date: 08/2011
Type: Document
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Designing Safety-Net Clinics for Innovative Care Delivery Models
Identifies key characteristics of the physical environment design, including telemedicine, for new care delivery models and to provide design recommendations.
Author(s): Xiaobo Quan, Anjali Joseph, Ellen Taylor, Amy Keller
Date: 03/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Health Care Foundation
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