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U.Va.-Wise receives telehealth grant

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The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has received a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to develop a telehealth nursing curriculum.

The project is a partnership among U.Va.-Wise, the Healthy Appalachia Institute and the University of Virginia Office of Telemedicine. 

Telehealth is helping patients in rural locations get better access to specialty consultations, provide health monitoring and alleviate work-force shortages in primary and specialty health-care fields.

Other Virginia colleges and universities will be able to use the U.Va.-Wise telenursing curriculum once it’s finished.

“We are so appreciative of Verizon’s support to help us better prepare our nursing students to use telehealth in the effective management of chronic disease, screening for diabetic retinopathy and other health care concerns,” Cathleen Collins, chair of the UVa-Wise Department of Nursing, said in a statement.  “This will greatly benefit the health outcomes of our citizens.”

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