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How to Make Telehealth Sustainable in Remote Areas

I wrote recently about the value telehealth can play in providing health coverage to those living in rural and remote areas. The paper highlights how retinal tele-screening significantly increased the evaluation rates in both rural and underserved areas, whilst also increasing access to care for minority and other high-risk groups.

Research from the University of Texas at Arlington highlights how micro-entrepreneurship can help to make the provision of telemedicine in such areas affordable and sustainable.

The authors advocate creating public-private partnerships to establish telemedicine centers. They suggest that each facility could cost between $9,000 and $12,000, which whilst being modest by western standards, is substantial for areas such as rural India.

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