Telemedicine Can Save Lives In Rural Areas, But It’s Still Hard To Get

Telemedicine can help diagnose and monitor remote patients quickly. But many rural areas still don’t have the internet connections that make it work.

Sundance, Wyoming, is small — less than 1,300 people live here. Francis Mackey says she loves its size. But for the majority of her health care, Mackey drives into South Dakota. She says she was lucky to be at a regional hospital for an appointment for her daughter in September 2018 when she suffered a stroke.

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