Rural health-care providers will soon have their own broadband network for the practice of telemedicine in California, according to Christine Martin, executive director of the California Telemedicine & eHealth Center (CTEC).
TODAY, MOST people take having a computer and access to the Internet for granted. Public school teachers give out homework that their students' cannot possibly complete without a home computer. Students whose parents' can't afford a PC or the monthly cost of Internet service have to traipse to the public library (which is open fewer and fewer hours thanks to budget cuts) or to other public places that offer free broadband.
Working to expand broadband service throughout the rural unserved counties including Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Butte and Plumas Counties through the aggregation of users, engagement of the providers and potential users, simplification of the county and municipal policies and outreach to the unserved members of the community.
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FRENCH CAMP - Telemedicine, the use of a secure video link by a medical specialist in one location to examine the condition of a patient in another location, is taking hold at San Joaquin General Hospital.In a big way. With a limited number of physician specialists available 24 hours a day, the county's public hospital has been able to expand its services in such areas as neurology, dermatology and critically important eye examinations for diabetic patients.
Rural Health Center has become one of the first 50 health care providers to join the California Telehealth Network (CTN).
This new program, which was launched statewide on Tuesday, August 24, by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a host of health care and technology leaders, is intended to link underserved urban and rural areas with medical providers throughout the state.
"We're proud to be a partner in the effort to build a robust statewide network that will bring specialized health and medical care to underserved communities, both rural and urban," said Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO, California Emerging Fund. "By bringing broadband capacity to those areas in need, CTN is helping to empower individuals to take more responsibility for their own health."