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Carilion Clinic receives nearly $1M to expand telemedicine to rural communities

Imagine seeing your doctor and even performing some of your own medical evaluations from the comfort of your living room. Carilion Clinic received a $947,983 grant to make that a reality.

“It’s another tool in our toolbox,\” said Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer, Dr. Stephen Morga.

He said it has the potential to transform patient care, especially for those who live in rural areas such as Galax, Tazwell, Wythe and Franklin County.

“It is much more convenient for patients and it’s good quality,\” said Morgan.

The grant allows Carilion to create Virtual Care Centers so patients who live far away from specialty doctors can go to a medical office closer to home.

It also expands neurological telemedicine and provides 80 portable TytoCare telehealth devices. Those devices are similar to a softball-sized tablet that is equipped with video and allows patients to get checked out from a Virtual Care Center or their own home, even with limited or no broadband.

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