Drones hold promise to save lives and improve rural healthcare

Drones hold promise to save lives and improve rural healthcare

By Modern Healthcare Things are looking up: drones could soon start delivering medications in medical deserts in the rural U.S. The Federal Aviation Administration approved 10 pilot programs for drone usage in May, including projects that specialize in medical deliveries in San Diego and North Carolina. The first use of a drone to deliver medication…

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Virginia legislature votes to expand Medicaid

Virginia legislature votes to expand Medicaid

by Caroline Corrigan wjhl.com Video RUSSELL COUNTY, VA (WJHL)- – The governor of Virginia is set to sign the state’s recently approved budget early next week. When he does, he will clear the way for an additional 400,000 low-income Virginians to get Medicaid health coverage. For years Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly have held…

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AmericanTrucks’ Positive Payload Program

AmericanTrucks’ Positive Payload Program

Help A Worthy Charity Get A $2,000 Donation AmericanTrucks recognizes that pickups are the backbone of the American workforce, from job sites to disaster relief and everything in between, which is why we’re proud to launch the Positive Payload Program. The Positive Payload Program is designed to benefit non-profit charitable organizations who use and rely…

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A health-care access challenge

A health-care access challenge

by Robert Burke virginiabusiness.com During Virginia’s long debate on expanding Medicaid, the siren song for supporters has been “access to health care.” Pass the bill, they said, and thousands of uninsured finally will get to see doctors and nurses. If only it was that easy. Getting a Medicaid card doesn’t necessarily mean you have a…

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Dr. Joseph Smiddy, MD Discussing the Largest Cluster of Advanced Black Lung Ever Recorded in Southwest Virginia.

Dr. Joseph Smiddy, MD Discussing the Largest Cluster of Advanced Black Lung Ever Recorded in Southwest Virginia.

By Betty Boyd The coal miner is the personification of the mountaineer spirit in Southwest Virginia. They have many obstacles that must be overcome when they are deep in the mines. One of these is pulmonary lung diseases, such as Black Lung Disease. Black Lung Disease is the inhalation of coal dust while mining. Dr.…

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Free health fair event coming to Southwest Virginia

Free health fair event coming to Southwest Virginia

ZACH IRBY | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER WISE, Va. — A free health fair is coming next week to rural Southwest Virginia. Medical personnel will be available to perform sports and school physicals, blood work and other health screenings, according to Dr. Teresa Tyson, executive director of The Health Wagon.  The health fairs will take place Wednesday, March…

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Pharmacy school offering assistance with prescription needs

Pharmacy school offering assistance with prescription needs

 Area residents who are low income and uninsured have help available to them to fill their prescription medication needs free of charge though the Mountain Care Center, operated by the Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP). The free medication assistance program extends to prescription medications used to treat chronic health conditions, but does not extend to…

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UVA Telemedicine Project Offers Mobile Screening for Bladder Cancer

UVA Telemedicine Project Offers Mobile Screening for Bladder Cancer

By Eric Wicklund MHealthIntelligence.com February 02, 2017 – The University of Virginia has launched a first-of-its-kind study into the use of telemedicine to detect bladder cancer in underserved parts of the state. A mobile health van in Wise, Va., is using a telemedicine hookup with the UVA in Charlottesville to screen patients for cancer. Through the platform, a…

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The Health Wagon: A Telehealth Resource in a Rural Wilderness

The Health Wagon: A Telehealth Resource in a Rural Wilderness

A mobile health clinic started 30 years ago in the back of a VW Beetle is now using telehealth, mHealth and even drones to deliver healthcare to isolated communities in Appalachia. By Eric Wicklund mHealthIntelligence A mobile health service started more than 30 years ago out of the back of a Volkswagen is using telehealth,…

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Left out of health debate, Appalachian poor seek free care

Left out of health debate, Appalachian poor seek free care

WISE, Va. (AP) — They arrived at a fairground in a deep corner of Appalachia before daybreak, hundreds of people with throbbing teeth, failing eyes, wheezing lungs. They took a number, sat in the bleachers and waited in the summer heat for their name to be called so they could receive the medical help they…

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