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West Virginia University announces rural telehealth program

July 26, 2019

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A researcher at West Virginia University is heading up a telehealth program to quickly connect people in rural areas with medical care.

The college announced the year-long pilot Thursday and said it will start this fall.

Participants will have recently left a long-term care center and will be given devices to track certain health indicators. If there’s an issue with a person’s health, a nurse will be immediately notified to address the problem.

WVU says the idea is to catch health issues early on to avoid further damage and to reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

Researchers will assess the cost-effectiveness of the program and take surveys to see how it can be improved after the pilot is finished.

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