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Telehealth Model

Telehealth is:

“The use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include video conferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.”

Telehealth is important to rural providers because it allows them to overcome geographic, financial, and/or workforce barriers to providing diabetes care via telemedicine. This can be an excellent way to provide remote access to physicians, pharmacists, and/or community health workers.

Telemedicine programs can be used to:

  • Provide diabetes consultations without requiring the patient to travel long distances.
  • Save money (patient and provider) without reducing the quality of care.
  • Assist with self-management such as monitoring blood glucose, taking prescribed medication, following diet and exercise plans
  • Tailor educational programs to individual needs
  • Motivate patients and provide self-efficacy in regard to their health

Resources to Learn More

Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
Website
HRSA is helping to develop telemedicine in rural communities by providing grants or technical assistance. More details about programming can be found here.
Organization(s): Health Resources and Services Administration

Diabetes Telehealth Network
Website
The University of Mississippi Medical Center started a telehealth program to address diabetes in the Mississippi Delta Region. This program works to improve care coordination and strengthen the patient-provider relationship.
Organization(s): University of Mississippi Medical Center Telehealth