There is no doubt that telemedicine has increased the quality and reach of healthcare for many across the globe, especially for those who reside in rural areas. At Taylorville Memorial Hospital, located in the town of Taylorville, Illinois, patients have often traveled to the closest metropolitan areas of Springfield or Decatur for specialty care. The long travel times, and costs associated with making these trips has taken a toll on patients, so Taylorville Memorial took the problem into their own hands and implemented a telehealth program in partnership with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU).
The partnership between TMH and SIU will bring telehealth services to residents of Taylorville and Christian County and access to advanced care in more than 15 specialties, including neurology, dermatology, plastic surgery and endocrinology. Among the countless benefits patients experience with telehealth are quicker access to high quality care from a variety of doctors, quicker turnaround from the time it takes to get a referral to making an appointment and an overall improvement in patient outcomes and lower out-of-pocket costs for patients. You can read more about how telemedicine is bringing better quality care to the town of Taylorville here.