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Using Telehealth as a Tool for Rural Hospitals in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Gutierrez, J., Kuperman, E. Kaboli, P. J.

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Case Study

Organizational Change/ Development
Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Healthcare Access and Quality
Tools Included
Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This article summarizes the lessons learned from implementing telehealth in rural environments over the past 3 years and how to expand these efforts in the context of COVID-19. The needs of elderly populations in rural environments are also addressed. It provides 5 strategies for implementing telehealth in this context: (1) Preparation and Training; 2) Standardize and Expedite Credentialing; (3) Technology; (4) Broadband; and (5) Feedback and Rapid Improvement.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

People Living in Rural Areas

Setting(s) of Implementation

Clinical, Community

Geographic Area of Implementation


Implementation Period