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TELEMEDICINE 1 Tashima Hall Telemedicine HIT Solution Walden University June 16, 2017
TELEMEDICINE 2 “Telemedicine is a means of improving care quality and access in rural areas, but limited evidence is available on how telemedicine affects the hospital-community relationship. We examined hospital staff perceptions about the ways in which rural communities benefited from the implementation of telemedicine offered by a hub facility. We fielded 405 surveys from 84 hospitals and conducted interviews with 81 clinicians and administrators at 26 hospitals. Survey respondents had positive perceptions about the benefit of tele-emergency services to rural communities, but this finding was less true of tele-pharmacy. Interviewees described how telemedicine enhanced rural hospitals’ reputation for high-quality care, how community members benefited from being close to their support networks, and how word of positive patient experiences increased community awareness of hospital services. Telemedicine services may change rural communities’ perceptions of local hospitals, reduce patient bypass, facilitate rural hospitals’ participation in innovative care models, and solidify rural hospitals’ role (EE, G, Farr, R, Raimer, B, 2011).” Problem Statement Dyess AFB Medical Clinic is a medical clinic located in Abilene, Texas. This Clinic serves all active duty service members, retired service members, and their families. The facility’s efforts are threatened by the lack of efficient telemedicine infrastructure. The result of this inefficiency has adversely impacted service delivery in its urgent care services. To make matters even worse, the facility has not been able to make follow-ups with their patients. The facility is making some changes to incorporate more efficient ways to address these issues. However, this

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