Bringing Telemedicine to Rural States

South Dakota will use federal funding and state-of-the-art technology to reach out to people with drug and alcohol abuse problems who live in the most remote areas of the vast state. People living in rural and inaccessible areas frequently live too far from treatment centers, leaving this segment of the population at risk for relapse and even arrest. Without the option of treatment, judges must sentence offenders to prison rather than sending them to rehabilitation. South Dakota now plans to...

3 Social Media Best Practices For Nurses

Nurses are the foundation and lifeblood of any medical practice and hospital. Whether nurses are working with a patient or in medical software, it’s important to remember social context, and also that someone is always listening. During a recent visit to my wife’s 92 year old grandma at a hospital near Blue Ridge, GA, two nurses discussed another patient’s condition –aloud with me only 4-5 feet away. Granted, Grandma’s room was adjacent to the nurse’s station making privacy a challenge,...

Docs on the Farm: Still Offering Quality Health Care

No matter if a rural doctor is wearing boots, plaid or a cowboy hat, his or her professional attitudes and beliefs are similar to those found in big-city physicians with windows overlooking Times Square. At least that’s the conclusion gleaned from a survey published in the Journal of Rural Health. What the Survey Did The study looked at physicians across the nation to compare the attitudes and behaviors between rural and urban doctors. While personal attitudes and behaviors may have...