Last month we talked a little about the lack of broadband in the more rural areas of our great state, and how the FCC's practices were making it even harder for those areas to get connected to the rest of the world. Sometimes when you think of broadband speeds all that comes to mind is how fast your Netflix will load, but it can truly be a matter of health in some situations.
If you're in a rural area where it's hard to get Internet access, it's probably also difficult to find specialized medical care (if there's a doctor in your community at all). Going a few towns or even counties over can be difficult if you're older or don't have a vehicle. Modern technology has a solution to this, but we're going to have to find a solution to the broadband problem first...
From the Montgomery Herald
Cardiovascular disease pervades Appalachia, yet many Appalachians live far from any heart and vascular specialist. Follow-up doctor’s visits in the weeks after cardiovascular surgery can involve hours-long drives down narrow, winding roads.
A recent study led by Albeir Mousa, a professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, suggests telemedicine may improve these patients’ satisfaction with their postoperative care as well as their quality of life. Their results have been accepted for publication in The Annals of Vascular Surgery.
With telemedicine, a healthcare provider can use a computer, tablet or other electronic device to remotely evaluate their patients’ symptoms, diagnose illnesses or injuries, and prescribe treatments. They can also field their patients’ questions.
Read more about how telemedicine can help West Virginia patients in the Montgomery Herald.