• Bringing health care to people’s homes in rural communities
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    Bringing health care to people’s homes in rural communities

    For patients living in rural areas, it’s not uncommon to travel several hours to see a specialist or primary care physician. Sometimes daily life gets in the way, and those patients end up skipping vital preventive services such as mammograms or colonoscopies. “It’s still easier to find a cheeseburger or cigarettes than it is to find access to health care,” noted Jeremy Cauwels, MD, chief physician at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Broadband internet service in rural communities isn’t always available, and women often face a 200-mile trip to get routine ob-gyn care. Rural areas also struggle to recruit and retain physicians. In an “AMA Update” episode, Dr.…

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