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Rural Telehealth Hampered by Lack of Broadband

The University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation released a report last week detailing research on telehealth access, cost, and quality in Michigan clinics and hospitals. The report found that rural practices have lower rates of telehealth use, often due to inadequate broadband and the lower use of smart phones by patients. Sixty-one percent of practices in rural areas used telehealth compared to 73% of practices in urban areas.

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