I agree that public health clinics should be federally funded, as should county jail electronic health records.
But let's not forget telemedicine as a method of quality care. Telemedical capabilities in prisons and other settings offer the prospect of expanding access to healthcare providers. Information about persons who need treatment and/or diagnostic services can be transmitted rapidly to physicians or other healthcare providers located in other parts of the world.
The information so communicated can be as limited as a written report of laboratory tests. The information also can be as complex as a digitized X-ray image or a real-time, high-resolution video conference during which a physician sitting thousands of miles away sees a patient on a video screen and images produced by a wide variety of diagnostic devices, including ultrasound and optical fiber probes. Specialists can also remotely direct general physicians in the treatment of patients so presented.
Ed DeppertGilbert, Ariz. To submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog, click here. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Modern Physician reserves the right to edit all submissions.