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Using telemedicine to improve rural women’s health and save babies’ lives The Health of America

    • Medicine

In some rural Tennessee counties, infant mortality rates are as high as they are in many third world countries. Part of the reason: a lack of access to the right healthcare. Rural women facing high risk pregnancies miss out on the specialty care they need to avoid complications. They may lack transportation, money for gas, or time off work. Now, in a growing number of counties, they don’t have to miss those critical appointments. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is partnering with obstetrics specialists in Chattanooga on a major telemedicine network to serve rural women. Proof it's working: a growing number of healthy moms and babies.

In some rural Tennessee counties, infant mortality rates are as high as they are in many third world countries. Part of the reason: a lack of access to the right healthcare. Rural women facing high risk pregnancies miss out on the specialty care they need to avoid complications. They may lack transportation, money for gas, or time off work. Now, in a growing number of counties, they don’t have to miss those critical appointments. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is partnering with obstetrics specialists in Chattanooga on a major telemedicine network to serve rural women. Proof it's working: a growing number of healthy moms and babies.

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