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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Nov 18, 2022 - Announces the launch of a pre-production draft of its new National Broadband Map, which offers location-specific information on internet service availability across the country. Describes efforts to improve data on broadband availability and the map's features.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Nov 15, 2022 - Highlights initiatives through the VA's Office of Rural Health (ORH) to support holistic health for rural veterans, including services to aid the transition to civilian life, TeleYoga, and healthy lifestyle coaching.
Source: VA News
Nov 2, 2022 - Describes the Wisconsin state health department's efforts to spread access to antiviral medication more widely, by offering free telehealth service to people who test positive for COVID-19.
Source: Wisconsin Examiner
Oct 19, 2022 - Describes challenges for residents of Lanai, a remote island in Hawaii, accessing psychiatric care as services shifted to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses workforce disruptions and shortages affecting the island and the benefits and limitations of telehealth for providing care. Highlights the experiences of several residents who depend on mental health services to manage their conditions. Part 3 of a 4-part series in collaboration with Carolina Public Press, Honolulu Civil Beat, and Shasta Scout.
Source: Honolulu Civil Beat
Oct 18, 2022 - Describes impacts of limited broadband internet access as a barrier to telehealth for rural residents of Western North Carolina. Notes the general increase in telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift of specialty services to telehealth delivery. Discusses limitations of data on broadband and telehealth use and the role of Community Health Workers in closing the gap for some rural patients. Part 2 of a 4-part series in collaboration with Carolina Public Press, Honolulu Civil Beat, and Shasta Scout.
Source: Carolina Public Press
Oct 17, 2022 - Discusses challenges providing specialized care in rural areas and the role of telehealth in increasing access to specialized services. Highlights the particular barriers and dynamics of specialized care in rural Hawaii, California, and North Carolina, noting ongoing issues related to workforce, policy, and broadband access. Part 1 of a 4-part series in collaboration with Carolina Public Press, Honolulu Civil Beat, and Shasta Scout.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 10, 2022 - Senator Chuck Grassley has introduced the Healthy Moms and Babies Act to improve maternal and child healthcare. This would expand telehealth access for expecting and postpartum women, deliver high-quality coordinated care, support community-based efforts including stillbirth prevention activities, expand the maternal health workforce, support women and babies with 21st century technology, and take other steps to reduce maternal mortality.
Source: Office of Senator Chuck Grassley

Last Updated: 11/18/2022