Telehealth could help rural New Mexicans even after COVID-19

A family uses telehealth services

LAS CRUCES – As New Mexico eases restrictions enacted to keep people physically apart to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, one distancing measure that may stick around is telehealth, a health care method that could cure some of rural southern New Mexico’s health care provider shortages.

While it can’t be used for all types of health care, some health experts and clinicians see it as more than a band-aid solution for the pandemic. They see it as ongoing treatment for some rural areas of the state with a dearth of hospitals and health care workers.

Due to distancing measures to mitigate coronavirus spread, the accessibility of telehealth, which can include phone calls and video visits, has skyrocketed.


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