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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare.

Mobile Health and Patient Engagement in the Safety Net: A Survey of Community Health Centers and Clinics
Discusses the results of a survey of rural and urban community health clinics and other clinics to evaluate the use of cell phones to engage patients in their healthcare. Highlights areas where the use of cell phones has shown to be successful in chronic disease management.
Author(s): Andrew Broderick, Farshid Haque
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Testimony by Kristi Henderson, University of Mississippi Medical Center, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Testimony presented at a May 7, 2015 Labor-HHS Subcommittee hearing on rural health. Discusses how telehealth is improving healthcare in rural communities. Includes examples of telehealth across the nation, with more in-depth information about the telehealth services available to rural Mississippi through the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Center for Telehealth.
Author(s): Kristi Henderson
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Appropriations
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The Persistent Health Care Gap for Children Living in Poverty: Will the Health Technology Revolution Level the Playing Field?
Discusses the need for and challenges to expanding healthcare technology for medically underserved children living in poverty stricken areas and rural areas. Highlights the potential to improve access to healthcare and health outcomes through the use of electronic health records (EHRs), telehealth, mobile medical clinics and diagnostic tools, and mobile communication devices. Offers recommendations for accelerating the use of technology in rural and underserved areas.
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Children's Health Fund
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Hospital Views of Factors Affecting Telemedicine Use
Discusses the observations of rural and urban hospital representatives, from both hub and spoke locations, regarding the obstacles and the driving forces in the development and expansion of telemedicine services.
Author(s): Kimberly A. S. Merchant, Marcia M. Ward, Keith J. Mueller,
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Telehealth in Rural America
Discusses the use of telehealth in rural areas, related reimbursement challenges, and provides recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for improving healthcare access and quality through the use of telehealth services.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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The Promise of Telehealth For Hospitals, Health Systems and Their Communities
Highlights how hospitals are using telehealth technologies. Discusses benefits including virtual consultations with distant specialists for people in rural areas, the ability to perform high-tech monitoring without requiring patients to leave their homes, and providing patients with less expensive and more convenient care options. Features several telehealth projects in rural communities.
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Access to Behavioral Health Care for Geographically Remote Service Members and Dependents in the U.S.
Offers a geospatial analysis using TRICARE and other data to determine access to and utilization of mental and behavioral healthcare services for veterans who reside in remote locations. Recommends two pathways for improving access to care: telehealth service and collaborative care between primary care and specialty behavioral care.
Author(s): Ryan Andrew Brown, Grant N. Marshall, Joshua Breslau, et al.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Telehealth Start-Up and Resource Guide
Provides an overview and framework for implementing telehealth in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other healthcare organizations and systems in rural areas. Includes resources about telehealth and an annotated list of organizations that support telehealth activities.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center, Telligen Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center
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Effect of Tele-Emergency Services on Recruitment and Retention of US Rural Physicians
Analyzes the effects of telemedicine services on recruitment and retention of physicians to rural healthcare facilities.
Author(s): Andrew Potter, Keith Mueller, Clint MacKinney, Marcia Ward
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 14(3), 2787
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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Telecommunications: Projects and Policies Related to Deploying Broadband in Unserved and Underserved Areas
Shares options for broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas. Identifies alternative approaches to expanding rural broadband and factors to consider when planning a broadband project. Identifies economic, legal, and policy issues. Describes FCC efforts to foster broadband deployment in unserved areas. Appendix includes brief case studies.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Last Updated: 8/9/2022