Teleconferences a new addition to health care

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Health care workers in New Mexico are using teleconferencing to reach out to patients without access to medical services.

Emergency doctors at UNM Hospital say they’re helping families in rural areas.

Equipment has been sent to remote areas so doctors can request appointments with specialists in Albuquerque.

Hospital officials say patients used to be flown in by helicopter and airplanes. Now that’s become unnecessary.

“The ideal thing is to be able to keep the child and the family in the community and not have to transfer to quite a distance away,” said Denise Dion, associate director for UNM Telehealth.

Officials say the program aims to ultimately create a virtual emergency room for rural New Mexico.

They expect the number of hospitals across the state using this program to nearly double as the technology advances.

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