August 29, 2013

Reaching out with healing hands

Reaching out with healing hands
Telemedicine brings improved care to MHA communities
By Jerry W. Kram

It doesn’t take a Christopher Columbus to figure out that it’s a long way from Twin Buttes to New Town, especially when you’re battling construction and oilfield traffic. It’s long been a concern of residents there and in the other outlying communities of the Fort Berthold Reservation that they were being shortchanged because of the concentration of health care services in New Town.
The Elbowoods Memorial Clinic is working to improve service to the reservation’s outlying communities served by satellite clinics by creating a telemedicine network that will allow a tribal member anywhere on the reservation to “see” a doctor any day of the week. Currently, said Dr. Zane Rising Son, Elbowoods’ medical director, a doctor is at the satellite clinics just one or two days a week.
Telemedicine is a system that allows a physician access to all of the information he would normally have by being in the room with a patient, except for touch. A nurse at the satellite clinic can examine 

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