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Telemedicine Increases Care Access

The Health Care Collaborative (HCC) is working to address access to health care issues through many different technology efforts in Lafayette County and surrounding areas.  Teaming up with many partners including the local hospitals, practitioners, mental health providers, health departments and health education members, HCC is working to expand telemedicine access, EMR implementation and distance learning within the region.

In working with funding partners such as HRSA, USDA and our local foundations, the HCC--a non-profit 501 c3 organization, strives to bring telemedicine to many unique partners including schools, jails and community organizations.   This includes working with schools to build school-based clinics so children without health care have access to services like primary care, dental, and mental health services.  

Additional goals include the following:

  • Provide an opportunity for rural regional health care providers to achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

  • Offset costs of Health Information Technology equipment acquisition.

  • Develop partnerships with technology support groups for technical assistance.

  • Develop a rural TeleMedicineNetwork for School Based Health Clinics, Health Information Exchange and Health Insurance Exchange.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Smith, Director of Network Development, at 660.259.2440.