Rural Patients and Telehealth’s Promise

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Long before COVID-19, telehealth was touted as increasing access to care for many patients, none more so than those living in rural areas–in America and around the globe. Although telehealth’s role during a pandemic like COVID-19 has understandably been the focus of discussion lately, the long-term promise for rural Americans, even in more normal times, should not be discounted. One recent example is the University of Rochester’s success in serving rural patients with mental and behavioral problems via a telehealth, a program that’s increased access to care and helped financially strapped rural hospitals reduce emergency room revisits.

 Rural healthcare will be a recurring theme on these pages. In the meantime, readers can learn more about the telehealth in rural communities from the Centers for Disease Control and the Rural Health Information Hub.

Ty Howard

Ty Howard

Ty Howard is an attorney specializing in internal investigations, government enforcement, and white-collar criminal defense. A former federal and state prosecutor, Ty focuses his practice on helping businesses and individuals in highly regulated industries navigate government investigations, civil and criminal litigation, and compliance issues.

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