Through the use of telemedicine and telestroke in rural care, the University of Virginia (UVA) reduced 30-day hospital readmission rates by 40 percent for patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, stroke, and joint replacement.

In a subcommittee hearing by the U.S Senate on FCC’s Universal Broadband Fund and Rural Healthcare (RHC) Program, a UVA representative addressed the critical importance of enhancing the RHC program by citing the many challenges telemedicine curbed within rural Virginia, such as easing the stress in overburdened health facilities and reducing the barriers remote communities face in receiving proper healthcare.

SOURCE: mhealthintelligence.com