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Health care closer to home

Exceptional item request from the Texas Legislature will support telehealth efforts to expand health care access to underserved areas of the state.

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By Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D., President, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D., is president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a pioneer in telemedicine and expanding health care access to rural communities through innovative and collaborative community partnerships.

“Of the 108 counties in the western half of Texas, 20 have no practicing physician, and 11 have no physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Couple that with populations significantly higher in the incidence of chronic diseases, and access to care quickly becomes evident of how critical the need for an innovative solution.”