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Promoting Telemedicine in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Access to healthcare in rural Wisconsin is an ongoing issue, but with new technology there might be a solution.

One and a half million people live in rural Wisconsin and that can make healthcare a challenge when, often, fewer doctors are available to provide care.

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services came to Gundersen Health System to learn about rural healthcare.

One approach designed to enhance that care is, Telemedicine.

“There’s a lot of new technologies, exciting new technologies. Everything from something as simple as screens and telephones, but up into much more sophisticated things, Da Vinci machines, remote surgery, all types of sensor technology that allow patients to be remote in their homes and still get that kind of good care that they deserve,” Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan said.

Gundersen Health System was not the only stop on the Deputy Secretary’s tour. Monday, Hargan was in Duluth at a rural healthcare conference.

Declan Levy

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