An Omaha-based cancer research network that has administered clinical trials in eastern Nebraska has reorganized as a statewide group. Previously known as the Missouri Valley Cancer Consortium, the organization is transitioning to the Cancer Alliance of Nebraska. Organizers have been...
Montana lawmakers have rejected a $400,000 request to expand a state program to train doctors. Seventeen Montana counties have zero primary-care physicians. Doctors said the money would be used to expand training in rural areas and establish a psychiatry residency. Dr....
At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, 26 of the hospital’s 47 pediatric specialties are now offered via a telemedicine network that serves Missouri families who would otherwise have to drive several hours to see a specialist. The 367-bed hospital operates three telemedicine...
A new report from the Minnesota Hospital Association shows that rural hospitals repeatedly lagged those in urban areas in terms of median operating income from 2012 to 2015. Rural hospitals face a number of challenges, analysts said, including a larger...
The state of water quality in Flint, Mich. has been of high interest in recent years, but rural areas around the state are also struggling to provide safe drinking water. According to Michigan’s chapter of the Sierra Club, rural areas...
A bill that could expand telemedicine to include counseling for substance abuse disorders is advancing in the Maryland General Assembly. There has been a growing push for the the adoption of telemedicine for the treatment of substance abuse disorders to help...
The shortage of E.M.T.s needed to serve Maine’s rapidly aging population has created a bit of a crisis in the state, but an unusual program is turning that crisis into opportunity for underemployed immigrants with a medical background. Southern Maine...
The 2017 County Health Rankings recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) finds a continued rural and urban divide in U.S. health outcomes. Kentucky is home to the least healthy counties in the country. Of the 30 factors...
An public health plan created by Iowa state officials to manage HIV/AIDS is now a national case study on how to effectively meet the needs of rural residents with HIV. About a third of Iowa residents living with HIV/AIDS live in...
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Purdue Center for Regional Development have produced an online data platform called Rural Indiana Stats. Resources available on ruralindianastats.com include population data as well as economic, health and cultural attributes of counties. It...
The University of Kansas Health System will employ a new technology to serve select rural Kansas hospitals. The hospitals are among the 40 rural Kansas hospitals served by the system’s Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative program. In 2015, Redivus Health created...
The USDA is awarding $19.3 million in loans to provide broadband, distance learning and telemedicine services to rural portions of Illinois and Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, Southern Plains Cable, LLC will receive a $15.3 million loan to build a fiber-optic broadband network serving...
To help change the shortage of primary physicians in Idaho, the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine will give special admission consideration to Idahoans who come from rural Idaho towns to increase the number of primary physicians who want...
A Georgia House committee has unanimously endorsed an idea to take a close look into how Georgia lawmakers could help struggling rural communities. “I want this council to look at the big picture and recommend legislative actions that can empower...