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Ellington is Home to Telehealth Site

Missouri Highlands Health Care in Reynolds County hosts a Missouri Telehealth Network site, which gives patients in underserved areas access to University of Missouri Health Care specialists.

The Missouri Telehealth Network exists to enhance access to care to underserved areas of Missouri, to provide educational opportunities for health care providers, to further homeland security efforts related to disaster preparedness, to be available in the event of a disaster and to provide research opportunities to clinicians wanting to study via telehealth.

While all states have at least one telehealth network, Missouri has one of the most developed telehealth networks in the country. The term “telehealth” encompasses a broad definition of remote healthcare that can include medical education, patient consultations, and other services that improve healthcare but aren’t considered direct patient care.

The MTN is an affiliate of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Missouri, which helps the MTN with policy issues on both the state and national level.