Summer 2011


Brian Skowe-Emergency Services Bring Specialists to Rural Patients with the Push of a Button
by Candi Helseth
More and more specialists are available to small hospitals via telemedicine, benefiting patients—and doctors.

Sidebar: Telehealth or telemedicine?

Sharon DaleyTelemedicine Reaches Beyond Clinic Walls
Network Help Extend Access
by Candi Helseth
Telemedicine isn’t confined to hospitals—it can reach patients in nursing homes, prisons and isolated geographic regions.

Look What’s Coming

by Wayne Myers, M.D.
Another Farm Crisis?
Another farm crisis, as big as the one in the 1980s, could be coming, but this time there may be no ready help from the government.

Around the Country

by Candi Helseth
Illinois Programs Offer Diabetic and Overweight Patients a Fresh Start
Patients at Kirby Medical Group in Monticello, Ill., are losing weight and lowering their need for insulin.

Afternoons ROCK for Indiana Teenagers
Instead of going home to empty homes in the afternoons, many Indiana students are learning life skills while having fun.

Rural Spotlight

Jan Probstby Beth Blevins
An Interview with Jan Probst
The director of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center discusses health inequities, rural obesity and what gives her work passion.