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Research Area Health Care

Limited Availability of Specialty Providers in Rural Areas Results in Higher Costs

UnitedHealthcare found that in 70 percent of health service areas with both rural and urban hospitals, rural hospital unit prices were higher than those at urban facilities, in some cases.

Tags: rural, economy, health care

“Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation”

Cost of Telemedicine Equipment Primary Barrier for Rural, Urban Physicians

55 percent of urban and rural physicians reported that cost of telemedicine equipment is the main barrier to accessing this technology.

Tags: rural, digital divide, broadband, health care, telemedicine

“Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation”

Lack of Broadband Service a Barrier in Adoption of Telemedicine

21 percent of physicians reported that broadband capability was a barrier in their use of telemedicine.  In addition, about 60 percent of rural areas have broadband compared ot 70 percent of urban areas.

Tags: rural, digital divide, broadband, health care, telemedicine

“Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation”

More than Half of Physicians Still Do Not Use Telemedicine Today

55 percent of physicians report that they do not use telemedicine at all today.

Tags: rural, health care, telemedicine, technology, telehealth

“Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation”

Rural Physicians More Likely to Use Telemedicine to Consult with Specialists

17 percent of rural physicians reported that they currently use telemedicine to consult with specialists remotely, compared to 15 percent of urban physicians.

Tags: rural, broadband, health care, telemedicine, telehealth

“Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation”

Fewer Than 10 Percent of Rural Hospitals Currently Engage in Remote Monitoring of Patients

Fewer than 10 percent or rural hospitals are engaged in remote monitoring of patients, in a hospital or offsite.  Approximately 200 telemedicine networks currently connect hospitals with outlying clinics and community health centers in rural or exurban areas.  Nearly 2,000 facilities participate in these networks.  However, participating facilities primarily use their connectivity for education or to perform administrative functions.

Tags: rural, broadband, health care, telemedicine, underserved, telehealth, e-health

“Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation”

Rural Physicians Tend Perform Lower than Physicians in Urban or Suburban Areas

On a composite measure of care quality that aggregates the results for a wide range of health conditions, findings show that rural performance fell below urban performance in 75 percent of those areas.

Tags: rural, health care, underserved

“Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation”

Rural Physicians Tend Perform Lower than Physicians in Urban or Suburban Areas

On a composite measure of care quality that aggregates the results for a wide range of health conditions, findings show that rural performance fell below urban performance in 75 percent of those areas.

Tags: rural, health care, underserved

“Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation”

One-Quarter of Rural Consumers Rate Quality of Local Care as Fair or Poor

About one-quarter of rural residents view the quality of local care as fair or poor. While about 63 percent of urban residents viewed the quality of care as very good or excellent, only half of rural residents rated the quality of their care as good or excellent.

Tags: rural, health care, underserved, telehealth

“Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation”

Rural Hospitals Heavily Dependent on Public Health Care Programs

60 percent of rural hospitals’ revenue is derived from Medicare or Medicaid, compared to less than 40 percent for most urban hospitals.  Roughly 45 percent of rural hospitals’ revenue comes from Medicare.

Tags: rural, health care, telemedicine, telehealth, e-health

“Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation”
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