Author Archives: Rural Health Information Hub

Bringing Change for Rural COPD Patients: Possibilities with the COPD National Action Plan

3D imagery of COPD lungs


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is number 3 on the cause of death list. In rural America, it’s the sole major chronic disease with increasing death rates. In May 2017, the COPD National Action Plan, a “blueprint for a multi-faceted, unified fight against the disease” was released. Rural stakeholders share perspectives of just how rural Americans with COPD might benefit from the plan’s rural touchpoints.

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August 9, 2017

Achieving Telehealth’s Promise for Rural Health: Insights from Telehealth Leaders

photos of rural telehealth panel contributors


Telehealth can be a virtual solution to reaching rural residents with healthcare, but its integration into mainstream medicine is taking longer than expected. Five leaders working to advance telehealth for rural areas articulate their thoughts on this delayed integration and the changes needed to make telehealth common practice.

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July 26, 2017

Telehealth’s Future Success Requires a Paradigm Shift

Bill England


William England, PhD, JD, Director of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, gives a history of telehealth and suggests viewing telehealth as a concept rather than a tool can ensure its future success.

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July 26, 2017

Scalability Shows Signs of Telehealth Growth

Marcia M. Ward


Marcia M. Ward, PhD, Director of the Rural Telehealth Research Center, suggests that evaluation of telehealth as a business model proves its growth and contributes to its evidence base.

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July 26, 2017

Using Telehealth to Put Patients at the Center of Healthcare

Mario Gutierrez


Mario Gutierrez, MPH, Executive Director of the Center for Connected Health Policy’s National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, discusses the important role telehealth plays for rural patients in delivering healthcare directly to their homes and communities.

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July 26, 2017

Recognizing Telehealth’s Full Potential

Kristi Henderson


Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN, Vice President of Innovation and Virtual Care at Ascension’s Texas Ministry, outlines three challenges hindering telehealth’s growth: outdated reimbursement models, policies and regulations, and the complexity surrounding telehealth integration.

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July 26, 2017

“Doing Something Exceptional”: Rural Communities and Colorectal Cancer Screening

graphic of colorectal cancer


Colorectal cancer stands out as a cancer with increased incidence and mortality rates in rural areas – rates that are likely influenced by lack of screening. Using different approaches, two rural healthcare organizations in Idaho and Kentucky show how they are saving lives by improving colorectal cancer screening rates in their communities.

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July 12, 2017

Online Screening Helps Michigan Men Gauge Mental Health

Jeff Elhart (left) and his brother, Wayne.


For the past few decades, suicide rates for working-aged men have been at a steep incline. Healthy Men Michigan is a unique campaign that evaluates the risk of depression and suicide in Michigan men through an anonymous online survey. Male-dominated industries and other organizations are drawn to the campaign’s creative methods that appeal to working-aged men.

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June 28, 2017