WisBusiness: Panelists agree improving rural health care will take new technologies, workforce solutions

WisBusiness: Panelists agree improving rural health care will take new technologies, workforce solutions

Improving access to rural health care will require leveraging new technologies and improving the workforce outlook for providers in these areas, a panel of experts agreed.

“The concern with the urban rural split is the delay in care,” said Dr. Erik Gundersen, the incoming president of the Wisconsin Medical Society and medical director for Kwik Trip Center for Health.

He spoke Friday as part of a WisPolitics.com-WisBusiness.com event held in La Crosse, focused on the health care divide between urban and rural parts of the state. The event was sponsored by Health Tradition.

“For patients living in outlying areas of the state, there’s certain logistical problems getting from one place to another,” Gundersen said. “But then there’s also the manpower issue.”

Dr. Paul Mueller, a top Mayo Clinic executive, says new technologies “need to be leveraged” to make it easier for rural residents to connect to care.

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