Beam Me Up: Telecommunications Can Improve Health Care Access for the Underserved

Workshop on the use of telecommunications to improve health care access for the underserved

In 1998, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) sponsored a workshop focusing on issues, barriers and opportunities facing the wide-scale application of telecommunications technologies to improve health and access to care for underserved populations, including children and the elderly, the working poor, the disabled, and rural and inner-city residents.

Key Results

  • The one-day workshop entitled, "Bringing the Benefits of Telehealth to Underserved Populations: Barriers and Opportunities," took place on April 29, 1998, at Georgetown University in Washington. The 79 participants came from government, academia and the private sector.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $54,060.

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