TTUHSC brings telemedicine to West Texas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/20/09

TTUHSC brings telemedicine to West Texas

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Doctors at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center are using technology to provide a link to rural satellite clinics up to 200 miles away. In August, TTUHSC launched a high tech program called CHART, which stands for Children's Healthcare Access for Rural Texas and although there's no robot, it uses high definition, microscopic cameras to give full check-ups to patients who are a long distance away. 

The first telemedicine check-up in August allowed doctors at Texas Tech Health Science Center to stay here in Lubbock, but look into the ears of a child in Stratford, which is north of Amarillo. The clinic in Stratford is the first of 30 sites across West Texas to use this technology for pediatrics in rural areas. 

Project CHART will provide fast, quality care to kids in the 108-counties of West Texas and that's a big deal since 22 of those counties have no physician.  In fact, 75% of the region is more than 90-miles from a hospital.

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