With grant support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Renown Health announces improvements to the existing high-definition telemedicine network, or virtual care, in northern Nevada and northern California.
Increasing Access to Care
Renown offers telemedicine in northern Nevada and northern California through video conferencing technology. This type of care safely connects patients to Reno-based healthcare providers and over 30 specialists, no matter the location. As a result, patients from Reno, Mountain City, Mammoth Lakes and beyond can receive quality care close to home.
This service is being improved with over $228,000 to serve more than 316,000 patients. The funds will help Renown expand and improve the existing high-definition TeleHealth and remote monitoring service. Video equipment will be placed in 21 communities throughout the following nine counties in Nevada and three counties in California:
- Nevada: Churchill, Douglas, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing and Washoe
- California: Inyo, Modoc and Plumas
Saving Transportation Time and Cost
Living in northern Nevada or northern California can mean travel is part of receiving healthcare. Therefore a visit to the doctor may mean taking time away from work, pulling kids out of school, increased transportation costs and sometimes paying for a place to stay overnight. Telemedicine decreases the need for travel, allowing patients to receive care without travel expenses. This is a win for pocketbooks everywhere.
Improving Health through Telemedicine
“People who receive care in their local communities tend to see better health outcomes,” says Renown Director of Telehealth Mitchell Fong.
Providing local care, no matter where, is key to improving the region’s population health. For this reason, the added funds from the USDA will help Renown provide local and convenient care for patients.
What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the virtual diagnosis and treatment given through telecommunications technology. Patients using telemedicine can expect to interact with a healthcare provider through two-way video.