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Telehealth

Info from MedlinePlus.gov

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is the use of communications technologies to provide health care from a distance. These technologies may include computers, cameras, videoconferencing, the Internet (ideally high-speed internet or broadband), and satellite and wireless communications.

Some examples of telehealth include

  • A “virtual visit” with a health care provider, through a phone call or video chat
  • Remote patient monitoring, which lets your provider check on you while you are at home. For example, you might wear a device that measures your heart rate and sends that information to your provider.
  • A surgeon using robotic technology to do surgery from a different location
  • Sensors that can alert caregivers if a person with dementia leaves the house
  • Sending your provider a message through your electronic health record (EHR)
  • Watching an online video that your provider sent you about how to use an inhaler
  • Getting an email, phone, or text reminder that it’s time for a cancer screening

What is the difference between telemedicine and telehealth?

Sometimes people use the term telemedicine to mean the same thing as telehealth. Telehealth is a broader term. It includes telemedicine. But it also includes things like training for health care providers, health care administrative meetings, and services provided by pharmacists and social workers.

What are the benefits of telehealth?

Some of the benefits of telehealth include

  • Getting care at home, especially for people who can’t easily get to their providers’ offices
  • Getting care from a specialist who is not close by
  • Getting care after office hours
  • More communication with your providers
  • Better communication and coordination between health care providers
  • More support for people who are managing their health conditions, especially chronic conditions such as diabetes
  • Lower cost, since virtual visits may be cheaper than in-person visits

What are the problems with telehealth?

Some of the problems with telehealth include:

  • If your virtual visit is with someone who is not your regular provider, he or she may not have all of your medical history
  • After a virtual visit, it may be up to you to coordinate your care with your regular provider
  • In some cases, the provider may not be able to make the right diagnosis without examining you in person. Or your provider may need you to come in for a lab test.
  • There may be problems with the technology, for example, if you lose the connection, there is a problem with the software, etc.
  • Some insurance companies may not cover telehealth visits


What types of care can I get using telehealth?

The types of care that you can get using telehealth may include

  • General health care, like wellness visits
  • Prescriptions for medicine
  • Dermatology (skin care)
  • Eye exams
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Urgent care conditions, such as sinusitis, urinary tract infections, common rashes, etc.

For telehealth visits, just like with an in-person visit, it is important to be prepared and have good communication with the provider.


See More

Telehealth. Medlineplus.gov. Published 2021. Accessed May 30, 2021. https://medlineplus.gov/telehealth.html

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Broadband in WNC Dogwood Trust Education Healthcare Telemedicine

Dogwood Trust

Broadband in the Annual Report

Community broadband is needed for every resident in Western North Carolina for economic growth, education, and telehealth as some primary reasons.

Expand Broadband Access

Dogwood Trust – Grants approved in 2020 for strategy to expand broadband access

The Dogwood Trust annual report notes approved grants in 2020 totaling $552,450 as a listed strategy to:

Retain or catalyze +5000 jobs and to diversify the regional economy through advanced manufacturing and other suitable sectors

Dogwood Trust Annual Report Strategy

Economic Strategy

Broadband expansion is part of the strategy listed in the annual report linked below.

The Western North Carolina Broadband Project advocates for high-speed internet in our area.

Contact a member of our WNC Broadband Project Team with any questions.


https://dogwoodhealthtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/DogwoodBOLDAnnualReport1120-v5.pdf

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Broadband in WNC Telehealth Telemedicine

Telehealth for Retirees in WNC

Telehealth is a process of healthcare where a remote patient can use computer applications, telephone or computer audio, or video conferencing technology for healthcare assistance.

Representative Jake Johnson references retirees, COVID, and telehealth in the video snippet below.

Retirement community and broadband

How will telehealth and broadband integrate into our Western North Carolina future?


Disclaimer

The WNC Broadband Project (Project) aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service. It develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.  As a community-supported initiative building on the work of West Next Generation Network (WestNGN), it is not owned or controlled by any affiliate of WestNGN.  The WNC Broadband Project is also not financed by any corporate entity, as such financing would be inconsistent with the Project’s independent community engagement focus.  The views, opinions and products of the WNC Broadband Project are the sole responsibility of the Project team and its advisory board, acting in their personal capacity and not in any capacity related to WestNGN, UNC Asheville, or any other WestNGN affiliate.

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Broadband in WNC Healthcare Rural Telemedicine

Broadband & Community Health

Referencing several Western North Carolina counties, broadband adoption is corelated to health disparities.

A disproportionate number of individuals in the study area live without access to basic health care services and access to specialists, such as cardiologists, because of distance and limited provider availability.


Health care access is improved in areas where broadband and telehealth services exist.


Patients are more aware of their conditions and equipped with self-management techniques to seek medical care when concerns arise.

https://muninetworks.org/content/what-lack-broadband-and-telehealth-doing-western-north-carolina

How can WNC improve healthcare with broadband adoption?

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Broadband access Telemedicine

Broadband Access and Telemedicine in WNC

What is the state of healthcare and broadband access in Western North Carolina?

Only 3 of the 20 WNC counties were rated as having high broadband adoption rates or the percentage of the population (or households) that subscribes to broadband service.

The 5 main barriers to broadband adoption according to NCBroadband.gov are:

1) Unavailability of broadband
2) Cost and affordability of service
3) Cost of computers, laptops and other devices
4) Digital literacy or lack thereof
5) The internet’s perceived relevancy in a person’s daily life

#digtialliteracy #digitaldivide #ruralbroadband

https://potsandpansbyccg.com/2020/08/11/telemedicine-and-broadband-access/