ETSU meets rural need
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:00 pm
By: By The Associated Press
The Messenger 05.30.12
JOHNSON CITY (AP) — Doctors at East Tennessee State University are now able broadcast lectures to rural doctors and nurses in nearby Appalachian counties, and soon doctors, nurses and even patients will be able to communicate back.
The university’s telemedicine program kicked off last week with a lecture on oncology that was broadcast to providers in five participating counties: Hancock and Johnson in Tennessee, Harlan in Kentucky and Smyth and Tazewell in Virginia.
The Johnson City Press reports that beginning in the fall, the telemedicine system will have the equipment in place to allow for two-way interaction.
That means that some patients requiring follow-up visits for specialty care will to able to go to local providers but still see and talk with their doctors in Johnson City.
Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com