Many rural areas of California lack local intensive care units to accommodate critically ill patients. Using remote technology, ICU specialists can monitor, consult, and care for these patients from afar.
Using telemedicine, specialists at the five University of California Medical Centers provided over 2,000 consults for low-income and uninsured patients at 43 clinic sites.
A pilot project shows that medication order review by remote pharmacists — dubbed telepharmacy — offers a viable solution for rural hospitals that lack night and weekend coverage.
Advanced cameras and web-based software enable primary care physicians to send images (rather than patients) to optometrist, leading to earlier detection and prevention of diabetes-related blindness. Watch a short video about the project and read the results evaluation report.
This report explains how innovative use of IT in
rural areas can improve the health and health care of
rural populations, and discusses the challenges to implementation.