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Description - Telehealth in Rural Hospitals by CJ Rhoads

Improving the quality of healthcare, while increasing accessibility and lowering costs, is a complex dilemma facing rural communities around the world. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania believed that telehealth, the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare was a viable solution so it recently provided grants to conduct a thorough investigation into the factors involved.

Telehealth in Rural Hospitals: Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania reports the outcome of this year-long investigation. Illustrating telehealth implementations in rural settings, it supplies an overview of telehealth as well as an assessment of its economic impact.

The book skillfully intertwines the research and academic aspects of telehealth with helpful insights from the author. One of the most important discoveries made by the author and her team of researchers is that all too often money is wasted by implementing telehealth for services that don't impact many people. This book shares valuable insights on using telehealth for integrative health practices that could improve the health of a greater portion of the population.

This book illustrates how telehealth can, indeed, be the healthcare savior that some people believe it will be, but only under the right circumstances. It details exactly what those circumstances are so that everyone, including clinicians, patients, government entities, and vendors, can steer toward the best future path.

The author identifies the obstacles preventing wider implementation of telehealth and explains how recent federal legislation will affect telehealth implementation in rural communities. She also points out the folly of developing electronic health records before federal data standards are put into place.

The book concludes by detailing best practices and lessons learned for implementing a telehealth program in any state. It also outlines helpful recommendations for health systems providing healthcare services in rural communities.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781498724357
ISBN-10: 1498724353
Format: Paperback / softback
(254mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 318
Imprint: Productivity Press
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 13-Nov-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - CJ Rhoads

Dr. C.J. Rhoads is a sought-after speaker, consultant, author, and expert in many different aspects of business. She has been recognized by her community with several awards and honors including the Athena Leadership award, one of Pennsylvania's Top Women in Business, Lehigh Valley's Most Influential Women, Kutztown University's College of Business Top Researcher of the Year, and many others. Currently, she is president and CEO of HPL Consortium, Inc., which develops technology tools to help people achieve health, prosperity, and leadership. She is also the managing director of HPL 501c3 Institute, which provides those tools to small groups and nonprofits at a reduced fee so that they can help underserved populations achieve and establish health, prosperity, and leadership as quickly and as efficiently as possible no matter how much technical expertise they hold. Rhoads is also a professor in the College of Business at Kutztown University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship and information technology.

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