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Could You Be The Next Leader In Telehealth?

by Paul Barr

H&HN

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Avera Growing Nationwide as Telehealth Provider

Avera Health is providing care to patients far from its Sioux Falls, S.D., base and, in many instances, far from its 38 hospitals — as far away as New Hampshire, in fact. The system is one of the many Most Wired health care systems riding a wave of growth in the use of telehealth and has arrangements to provide e-consultation to 235 sites through its telehealth subsidiary, eCare.

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Health Providers Can Lead the Charge for Telehealth

Hospitals and other traditional health organizations may be at risk from competition from new market entrants who can serve patients regardless of geography. But, they may also recognize new opportunities as Avera Health, based in Sioux Falls, has. What opportunities could you be taking advantage of?

While it’s exciting to see telehealth begin to translate into better care, professionals and organizations face a lot of challenges before “the connected home” is a universally successful reality. It’s important to maintain the focus on the patient as these new opportunities and options are explored. Traditional health organizations are in a good position to lead the charge in partnership with technology vendors who can help them bring these new ideas to fruition.

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