Improving Rural Medical Access

The Center for Health and Technology at UC-Davis has created a network that enables connections between rural emergency departments and the university’s specialists — in critical care, dermatology, endocrinology and pediatric audiology, among other areas. Through concentrated wireless connections, these programs are changing the way rural primary care physicians are able to better care for complex patients or treat challenging conditions more effectively.

This study of a network and remote telehealth options is only one example, but with ubiquitous cellular coverage powered by the next generation of wireless—5G—we can see improved access to healthcare in many rural areas, enabling greater access in all areas of the country.

In an emergency, nothing is more important than access to qualified physicians.