The teleheath program has helped Shasta Cascade Health clinics' patients get quicker access to medical specialists (rheumatology, psychiatry, urology, etc.) without traveling to Redding or Medford, Ore.

The smaller south county towns of McCloud and Dunsmuir, who are medically underserved and have a health provider shortage will now have better access to specialists in a shorter time frame and without the travel.

“Not only the access to patient care is poor, but timeliness of healthcare delivery is a barrier,” said Dr. Miku Sodhi, Deputy CEO of Shasta Cascade Health Centers. With a “tele-quality” grant and with some federal support, the clinic has implemented high speed broadband and, now, telehealth.

“Given a severe shortage of medical providers and specialists in the rural U.S., tele-health can play a crucial role in ensuring patients in rural communities can access care they need,” said Sodhi.

The teleheath program has helped Shasta Cascade Health clinics' patients get quicker access to medical specialists (rheumatology, psychiatry, urology, etc.) without traveling to Redding or Medford, Ore. A room is set aside in each clinic with a telehealth monitor so a patient can have a private consult with a specialist along with their primary doctor.

“It now takes only 6.5 days for our patients to virtually see a specialist via tele-health ... which would otherwise take over two months,” said Sodhi. “E-consult takes three days.Via telehealth we also decreased long travel times since patients would have to travel over two hours to bigger cities to see a specialist.”

For more information about telehealth, contact Shasta Cascade Health Centers at (530) 964-2389.

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