California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited Eureka, Calif., to promote a new technology that's helping residents of rural areas receive specialty medical care without traveling to larger cities.
The governor held a news conference at Eureka's Telehealth and Visiting Specialist Center, which allows local patients to see out-of-the-area specialists through a video connection. Schwarzenegger promoted the technology as "a big component of our total healthcare reform."
"Before this technology, you would have had to drive to L.A.," he said. "We have clearly a broken healthcare system that needs to be fixed," the governor said, adding that since the federal government won't overhaul the system, it's time the states take charge.
Along with helping rural patients, doctor visits via telescreens would also assist in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, said Herrmann Spetzler, CEO of Open Door Community Health Centers.
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