Technology Links Doctors to Rural Areas

1 decade 3 years 4 weeks ago Wednesday, July 11 2007 Jul 11, 2007 Wednesday, July 11, 2007 8:54:24 AM CDT July 11, 2007 in News
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COLUMBIA (AP) - Some in Missouri are working to make technology a common aspect of medical exams. The Missouri Telehealth Network began in 1994. It now has more than 140 sites in 43 counties. It's embraced mostly in rural areas, where doctors are in short supply. In one aspect of telemedicine, a doctor in one town examines a patient across the state through a video conference and high-speed line with specialized cameras. It's used for conditions as varied as mental health problems, skin diseases or monitoring those with chronic diseases. The state Mental Health Department uses the technique to care for some patients. And lawmakers this year created a health care technology fund and provided $8 million for it.

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