A recent study conducted over a 3-year period in rural Alaska analyzed whether Telehealth programs could help children with hearing issues access specialty care, despite facing massive specialty provider shortages in rural health areas. The study was conducted across 15 rural communities in Alaska with over 1,500 children participating. The study split the children into two groups: the first group receiving a specialist visit via Telehealth and the second group receiving in-person care. Almost 70% of the first group were able to be seen via Telehealth and only 30% of the second group was able to receive in-person specialty care. The primary objective of the study was to measure whether Telehealth can properly address the specialty care shortages in rural health settings. As evidenced by this study, expanding access to Telehealth specialty care in rural areas proves to be a valuable resource in addressing the growing healthcare provider shortages.
Read more about the Telehealth Study Findings here: https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/technology/study-proves-value-telehealth-addressing-rural-health-disparities