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Doctors Use Technology To Reach Rural Patients

ATLANTA — Not long ago, if you lived in the country and needed to see a medical specialist, you had to get in your car.

Now those specialists are using the internet to see far away patients.

Douglas physician Dr. Debra B. Lister demonstrated telemedicine techniques with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (R) and House Speaker Rep. David Ralston (R) at the state Capitol Thursday.

Dr. Lister, a specialist in emergency medicine, examined Cagle and Ralston from her office at Coffee Regional Medical Center more than 200 miles away.

“I think telemedicine offers an opportunity for all Georgians to access the very finest in healthcare in a way that’s available and affordable and easily accessible,” Rep. Ralston said.

More than 100 of the state’s rural areas are now connected to more than 110 specialists through telemedicine, according to the Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth.

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