Video chatting could boost rural health care, but adoption is slow

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Several frontier counties — areas that have less than six people per square mile — comprise the northwest corner of Kansas. Two critical access hospitals serving the area, Rawlins County Health Center and Goodland Regional Medical Center, have tailored their emergency rooms for telemedicine.

Goodland Regional Medical Center and Rawlins County Health Center both contract with Avera eCARE, a virtual hospital that works with 22 critical access hospitals in Kansas. When doctors in those hospitals need more expertise, they connect by video to Avera’s specialists.

Ronald Robinson, a physician and CEO of the Goodland and Rawlins County hospitals, said pulling in the right specialists can make all the difference in a complicated case. Telemedicine, he said, makes that more practical.

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