Telemedicine provides cost-effective alternative to rural hospital closures

From Becker’s:

As rural hospitals continue to close across the country, communities in need of healthcare services may turn to more cost-effective alternatives such as telemedicine, according to a report out of the College Station-based Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute.

The report — titled “What’s next? Practical suggestions for rural communities facing a hospital closure” and sponsored by the Episcopal Health Foundation — examines rural hospital closures and alternative healthcare resources. The findings may prove particularly relevant for Texas A&M University’s surrounding community, as more than 15 percent of all U.S. rural hospital closures since 2010 have occurred in Texas.

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