Collaborative Rural Healthcare Network: A Conceptual Model

U. Raja, D.J. McManus, J.M. Hardin, B.C. Haynes

Abstract


Healthcare is a critical issue in rural communities throughout the world. Provision of timely and cost effective health care in these communities is a challenge since it is coupled with a lack of adequate infrastructure and manpower support. Twenty percent of the United States of America?s population resides in rural communities, i.e., 59 million people; however, only nine percent of the nation?s physicians practice in rural communities. Shortage of health care personnel and the lack of equipment and facilities often force rural residents to travel long distances to receive needed medical treatment. Researchers and practitioners are in search of solutions to address these unique challenges. In this research, we present a proposed collaborative model of a health information system for rural communities and the challenges and opportunities of this global issue.

Keywords


Information Systems; Information Technology; Rural Health; Telemedicine

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International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies. ISSN: 1865-7923
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