Collaborative Rural Healthcare Network: A Conceptual Model
Keywords:Information Systems, Information Technology, Rural Health, Telemedicine
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 Americaâ??s population resides in rural communities, i.e., 59 million people; however, only nine percent of the nationâ??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.
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