UVA Health to expand telehealth program

Charlottesville, Va.-based UVA Health has partnered with a coalition of Southwest Virginia healthcare groups to expand its telehealth offerings to rural communities. 

Backed by a $5.1 million federal grant, the initiative will serve the city of Norton, Va. and 10 counties where there is a shortage of primary and specialty care physicians. The initiative will also expand UVA's virtual urgent care, home monitoring, virtual consults and more. 

Joining the initiative is the UVA Center for Telehealth, the Healthy Appalachia Institute at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, the Southwest Virginia Health Authority, the Health Wagon, Tri-Area Health, and Johnson City, Tenn.-based Ballad Health, according to a Jan. 30 release from UVA. 

The aim is to bring virtual care to patients that have suffered from COVID-19 and chronic health conditions. 

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