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Resources by Topic: Mobile and episodic healthcare delivery

Update of Evaluation of California's Community Paramedicine Pilot Program
Updates the evaluation of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority pilot community paramedicine program, which began in 2014 to test 7 community paramedicine concepts and has involved 14 communities, including rural Butte county. Provides an overview of the projects, summarizes how the community paramedics were trained, reports on the patients served and program effectiveness, and discusses potential savings for Medi-Cal and Medicare.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthforce Center at UCSF
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Factors Determining Patients' Choice Between Mobile Health and Telemedicine: Predictive Analytics Assessment
Results of a study to examine factors influencing the choice of communication medium for receiving healthcare, through analysis of mobile health versus telemedicine visits with a virtual urgent clinic. Features statistics including demographics of virtual urgent clinic users, with breakdowns by urban and rural settings.
Author(s): Saif Khairat, Songzi Liu, Tanzila Zaman, Barbara Edson, Robert Gianforcaro
Citation: JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 7(6)
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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Environmental Scan of South Dakota's Mobile Mammography Efforts
Evaluates the mobile mammography efforts of several programs in South Dakota. Includes a county-level map (see additional link) that details mobile mammography coverage and utilization, as well as breast cancer prevalence and mortality.
Additional links: County-Level Map
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Dakota Cancer Coalition
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The Availability of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Pennsylvania
Report details the availability of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Compares rural and urban counties and highlights MAT delivery methods to rural areas.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Harry D. Holt, Matin Katirai, Whitney Katirai
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Eye Health Needs: Preserving the Eyesight of Rural and Underserved Populations
Explains the importance of vision care in health and describes how rural vision care can be improved to increase quality of life and prevent disability in rural patients. Features a rural Federally Qualified Health Center that has added eye care to its services and a vision van that provides care in underserved communities.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mobile Mammography Participation Among Medically Underserved Women: A Systematic Review
Describes the effect of mobile programs in promoting mammographic screening participation among medically underserved women. Examines 4 studies conducted in rural areas and 3 studies conducted in both urban and rural areas, through articles published from 2010-2018.
Author(s): Suzanne Vang, Laurie R. Margolies, Lina Jandorf
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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New Mexico Mobile Screening Program for Miners Brings Care to the Patients
Highlights a New Mexico program that uses screenings, specialty care via telehealth, and collaboration to meet the healthcare needs of miners with occupational lung disease. Services are provided via a mobile screening clinic housed in a semi that goes to 12 locations in the state.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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EMS Office Assessment of the Status of Community Paramedicine/Mobile Integrated Healthcare in the States and Territories
Results of a survey of 49 National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) member states and territories, documenting existing or planned programs. Features statistics on reimbursement strategies, involvement of hospitals/health systems, state legislation, certification, medical direction, community health assessments, and use of quality improvement measures.
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State EMS Officials
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