Could Rural Healthcare Technology Address Resource Shortages?

Technology could help address America’s rural healthcare crisis, argues the CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation, provider of electronic health record technology, in a well-researched and link-laden blog post. The rural healthcare technology referenced in the blog post includes using video connections to enable remotely located patients to be seen by healthcare providers – a capability that rural communications service providers play an important role in enabling. The blog post includes a range of data points illustrating the rural healthcare crisis: More than 70 rural hospitals closed between 2010 and 2016 and 673 were vulnerable to closure as of 2016, including 68% that were considered critical access facilities The number of doctors per 10,000 residents is 13.1 in rural areas and 31.2 in urban environments The number of specialists per 100,000 residents averages 30 in rural areas and 263 in urban areas More than half the counties in the U.S. have no practicing psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker to deal with mental health and addiction issues Rural Healthcare Technology Technology will be critical to addressing the rural healthcare crisis and offers an option for addressing rural hospital closures, the author argues. To support this view, the blog post includes a range … Continue reading Could Rural Healthcare Technology Address Resource Shortages?