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David F. Carr
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11/18/2013 | 11:10:01 AM
Re: How widespread?
Note that this is 1 of 2 articles by Alex Kane Rudansky on rural healthcare - see also EHR Adoption A Struggle For Rural Hospitals
Alex Kane Rudansky
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11/16/2013 | 12:30:31 PM
Re: How widespread?
The federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) reports that more than 200 telemedicine networks are now operating, and that the number of U.S. telemedicine service sites recently topped 3,500.
Tom Murphy
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11/15/2013 | 6:04:34 PM
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Everytime I read a piece about the life-saving capabilities of telemedicine, I think back to the late '90s when I interviewed Dave Dorman, then CEO of then Pacific Bell, talking about how within a few years, the Information Superhighway would provide every rural resident the same care they could get from the finest doctor at the finest urban hospital.

Didn't happen, did it? The problem isn't the technology.  It's been available for over a decade. The problem is people -- doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies can't get out of their very comfortable and lucrative models.  

Local hospitals, clinics, and doctors just aren't about to give up the local business -- not on your life.

 

 
David F. Carr
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11/15/2013 | 11:59:36 AM
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Good idea. Maybe you should quit your day job and hustle together a business plan.
RobPreston
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11/15/2013 | 10:59:57 AM
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Perhaps we'll see telecare hubs spring up, places that are fully wired/equipped and are within a short drive where patients (for a reasonable fee) can have their remote visits with far-flung doctors.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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11/15/2013 | 9:55:02 AM
How widespread?
How widespread is the use of telemedicine services in the rural setting? I'm wondering how many facilities lack the appropriate equipment and bandwith.


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