WisBusiness.com: Promise of telehealth goes well beyond remote diagnosis, rural nursing expert says

WisBusiness.com: Promise of telehealth goes well beyond remote diagnosis, rural nursing expert says

UW-Eau Claire’s rural nursing specialist says the promise of widespread broadband internet and the technology it enables goes well beyond remote diagnosis.

“Through the connectivity with broadband, we can address issues around what we call the social determinants of health,” said Pam Guthman, a clinical assistant professor for the university’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences with three decades of experience caring for rural residents.

She spoke yesterday at a WisPolitics.com luncheon panel in Eau Claire focused on telemedicine and the potential of broadband throughout the state. Guthman noted that high-speed internet helps provide access to education, new types of flexible employment, and mental and behavioral health programs — all of which drive positive public health outcomes.

“So when you start thinking about health, you need to look at this from a lens that’s a little bit broader than just only the tertiary care,” she said. “There definitely could be a ton of ways that we could access and utilize telehealth.”

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