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TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Telemedicine and Rural Health

Telehealth visits have seen a drastic increase in popularity across the United States since the beginning of the pandemic. In Texas, the uptick in telehealth services has provided more access to care than ever before for the nearly 20 percent of the state’s population, or 3 million Texans, that live in “rural” and medically underserved areas. On Wednesday, December 9, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) convened our Annual Conference Chair Nancy W. Dickey, M.D. (NAM), Executive Director of the Texas A&M Rural & Community Health Institute, and other health experts to discuss what the increase of telemedicine in Texas during COVID-19 will mean for the future of rural health care access.

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Moderator: Nancy W. Dickey, M.D. (NAM)
President Emeritus, Texas A&M Health;
Executive Director, Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute

Headshot-Nora Belcher

Speaker: Nora Belcher
Executive Director, Texas e-Health Alliance

Headshot-Kelly Rhone

Speaker: Kelly Rhone, M.D.
Medical Director, Outreach and Innovation,
Avera eCARE

Alexander Vo

Speaker: Alexander Vo, Ph.D.
Vice President, Chief Commercialization and Strategic Ventures Officer,
The University of Texas Medical Branch

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TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D., and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. With more than 300 members and 18 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Sciences), the Royal Society and the state’s 11 Nobel Laureates. We bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas. TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, more than 225 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.


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