Thursday, August 19, 2010

Telemedicine gets a boost in California

The new UC Davis telemedecine program launched yesterday has been all over the national and California media for the past few days. Here's the lede from NPR's story of August 17, 2010:
Millions of Americans who live in rural areas travel long distances to get health care. Or they may go without it. But high-speed Internet connections now make it possible to bring a doctor's expertise to patients in far-off places, if those places are connected.

As part of its National Broadband Plan, the Federal Communications Commission has pledged $400 milliion a year to connect nearly 12,000 rural health care providers.
Links to other stories about the program are here and here. The UC Davis Telehealth webpage is here.

Read other posts about telemedicine and rural broadband here.

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