Rural and Remote Care
About 20% of the population is rural and only about 10% of physicians practice in these communities. More than 33% of rural Americans live in “health professional shortage areas,” and nearly 82% of rural counties are classified as “medically underserved areas.”
Compounding these issues are the rates at which rural health care facilities are shutting down. National Rural Health Association research targeted approximately 2,000 rural hospitals across the country and labeled 210 as “most vulnerable” with another 463 as “at risk.” Ultimately, closing these sites will not only have a negative impact on the access to care in the service area, but also eliminate a top employer in the community.
Due to the multiple challenges that patients and physicians face in these environments, telehealth has become a strategic priority for rural and remote care centers. This challenging dynamic, and the negative impact it can have on health outcomes - is why connecting clinicians and care teams with patients is a top priority of every health system. In response to this growing need, Dictum Health developed a telehealth platform that enables physicians to conduct in-clinic quality exams virtually, enabling remote patient care anytime, anywhere.