New clinics connect rural areas to medical specialists

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Colorado’s largest health care provider and its largest health insurance company have teamed to give patients in four Colorado communities expanded access to doctors and specialists using advanced telehealth technology.

Connect Care is a collaboration with United Health Care and Centura Health. The telehealth technology equips medical sites with audio and video equipment, including remote monitoring equipment such as digital stethoscopes, which allows remote doctors to examine them.

Rural medical facilities in Buena Vista, Lamar, Del Norte and Leadville will be able to connect with doctors in Denver, Littleton and Pueblo for both routine and specialty care services.
Patients will have access to ear, nose and throat doctors, as well as specialists in gastroenterology, cardiology, critical care, pulmonology, neurosurgery and pre- and post-surgery consultations.

As many as 4,800 visits are expected each year via the Connected Care clinics. The program is covered under many insurance programs, including United Healthcare, Medicaid and Medicare.