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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jan 20, 2022 - Discusses the use of telehealth in emergency response during natural disasters, including innovative technologies that can monitor patients and allow first responders to treat patients in place. Notes the importance of high-quality broadband access for telehealth to be successful.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 7, 2022 - Announces a comment period for a draft report on provider-to-provider communication through telehealth to support rural health, with comments accepted through Friday, February 4. Provides details on the report and contact information.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Jan 4, 2022 - Describes a study of cancer survivors, finding that rural survivors reported less access to telehealth services than urban survivors at 53% of survivors compared to 63% of urban survivors. Covers the measures used in the research and participant characteristics, and notes potential interventions to increase technology access, telehealth literacy, and broadband access.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
Dec 21, 2021 - Announces the approval of 68 award recipients in the second round of the Federal Communication Commission's COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Offers a list of recipients, which includes providers serving rural areas, and the technology that will be purchased with the funding.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Dec 1, 2021 - Discusses the increase in telehealth use during the COVID-19 pandemic and state-level efforts to further extend telehealth policies or make those changes permanent. Describes concerns about barriers to using telehealth among populations with less access to broadband internet, including rural populations, and highlights the perspectives of providers in Oklahoma and North Carolina.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts

Last Updated: 1/20/2022