With the expansion of telehealth services across the country — particularly in rural areas like southwestern Virginia — Verizon has decided to pitch in to keep up the growing services.
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is receiving a $20,000 grant from Verizon to help its telehealth nursing curriculum stay to speed with the technology.
Telehealth is emerging as a critical resource, enabling care to be provided to patients in rural locations such as southwest Virginia by increasing access to specialty consultations, providing home monitoring, and helping to alleviate significant workforce shortages in primary and specialty health care fields.
“We are so appreciative of Verizon’s support to help us better prepare our nursing students to use telehealth in the effective management of chronic disease, screening for diabetic retinopathy and other health care concerns,” said Cathleen Collins, chair of the college’s department of nursing. “This will greatly benefit the health outcomes of our citizens.”
The project also includes a regional telehealth symposium for practicing health care professionals, which will address topics such as the ways in which telemedicine fits into patient and community health care to emerging uses of telehealth.
The curriculum is being implemented this fall.