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Avera Health will provide telemedicine services at Native American hospitals

11:02 EDT 22 Sep 2016 | TriMed Media Group
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Native Americans across the Great Plains will soon have more access to healthcare with the implementation of a telemedicine program that will serve a network of 19 hospitals and clinics in the area, according to a recent Seattle Times report.

The Indian Health Service provided Avera Health, a regional health system based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that serves more than 300 locations, with a $6.8 million contract that will pay for medical services provided via video and other technological methods. The care will be provided across a spectrum of specialties, including emergency services, cardiology and behavioral care.

The move will give care to tribal members who often have to travel long distances to receive care since some providers in their states like the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa have historically had shortages of standard care.

To read more about Natives’ struggle with receiving access to comprehensive healthcare, follow the link below.

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