One assumes that COVID-19 was just an urban area issue, but a report in 'healthline' states that rural counties in Colorado, Utah, and Idaho that rely on tourism are experiencing some of the highest rates of COVID-19.
Media news reports state that because rural populations tend to be older, sicker, and with fewer resources, they're more vulnerable to the disease. As the COVID-19 spreads across all areas of the United States, rural areas according to the reports, may be the hardest hit, because of their demographics and limited resources.
In order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, rural communities need to implement telehealth to improve access to care and services, say health experts. Because of the non-availability of broadband , and limited internet, providers should leverage using text-based telehealth platforms that will facilitate rural Americans to access healthcare services through their cellular service.
Many health systems are racing against time integrating telemedicine programs with their existing EHR.
e-MDs, which is primarily used by small practices for their medical record needs to handle check-in, treatment, check-out, and billing functions, is a physician driven software. It is providing a subscription based telemedicine program eMD Access for all health systems that use the company's EHR.
The functionality options of the eMD Access include an integrated video system from within the EHR. It leverages the clinician to document in real-time within the main chart, this will prevent duplication or mixes of the patient's medical records.
The telehealth software provides a complete patient communication suite, that facilitates online scheduling, secure text, sending reminders to the patient, and blast notifications. Clinicians have the options of inviting the patient to a video chat, and simultaneously documenting their medical conditions into the chart.
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