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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Board OKs funds for telemedprogram

Board OKs funds for telemedprogram: "Eighty miles of mostly two-lane roads connect Callaway to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

For Callaway's 650 residents, driving to Kearney for a half hour of diabetes counseling can shoot a full day, said Marvin Neth, administrator of the 12-bed Callaway District Hospital, Nebraska's smallest.

Or they can get the same information in about an hour using the two-way interactive television that connects the hospitals, he said.

On Wednesday, the Nebraska Public Service Commission voted to spend more than $800,000 annually to bring this and other telemedicine benefits to the roughly two-thirds of state hospitals still without dedicated high-speed data connections.
The money will help link rural hospitals to regional hubs and connect those larger hospitals to each other."


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