Telemedicine Changing Rural Healthcare in Arizona
Patients in rural Arizona are facing the challenge of limited healthcare options and lack of specialists in the rural areas. However, Jill Bullock of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, said that telemedicine and critical access hospitals are two examples of how urban healthcare providers are reaching out to the rural communities.
AZ Healthcare Center Stands Up to Rural Challenges
With a population of 17,000, the small border town of Douglas is home to one of eight Rural Healthcare Centers in Arizona. Many of these rural communities are considered medically undeserved, facing larger strains on medical services. Margaret Morales, clinic manager, describes the struggles the center has faced and future plans to improve healthcare in her community.