Patients in rural areas are now finding better access to their doctors.
Advanced technology is allowing them to connect from far away even in some emergency situations.
Just this week, Gundersen Lutheran began incorporating “telemedicine,” or videoconferencing, to help treat patients who need emergency care.
Doctors say this new technique is cost-efficient and a great way of getting patients immediate help.
“It’s the next best thing to actually being truly face-to-face,” said Dr. Eric Voter, medical director at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Emergency Services
Doctors at Gundersen Lutheran now have a way of providing emergency help to patients long distance.
“Hooking up with telemedicine, we may be able to help them through a procedure or help with some diagnostic work on a patient and allow them to do the treatment there locally and they may not even have to transport the patient,” said Voter.
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