Tele-Practice Technology: A Model for Healthcare Delivery to Underserved Populations

Tele-Practice Technology: A Model for Healthcare Delivery to Underserved Populations

Thomas W. Miller (University of Connecticut, USA), Robert D. Morgan (Texas Tech University, USA) and Jennifer A. Woods (South Texas VA Healthcare Center, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch037
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Abstract

Telehealth is viewed as the removal of time and distance barriers in the provision of health care and patient education to underserved populations. Examined is a twenty first century clinical consultation model of healthcare. Offered are specific applications within a broad spectrum of services utilizing telehealth technology. Important technology shifts for administrative paradigms, clinical models, and educational information technology for healthcare services through telehealth technology are examined. The future of telehealth and its interface with various critical components of society needs to examine the potential benefits over risks in providing healthcare consultations and services through the educational settings available. Addressed is a technology model, which demonstrates the capability of reducing time and distance barriers in the provision of health care and education through telehealth technology. The use of telehealth technology in rural settings is seen as a viable medium for providing needed diagnostic and clinical consultation for underserved and rural.

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