Connected Care, an initiative from insurer UnitedHealthcare and Colorado delivery system Centura Health to develop a nationwide telemedicine network connecting in underserved communities with specialists, has gone live at four pilot sites in Colorado. The state government also is providing support and Cisco Systems Inc. is the networking vendor.

Pilot sites in four rural Colorado towns are Buena Vista Family Practice in Buena Vista, High Plains Community Health Center in Lamar, Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte and St. Vincent General Hospital in Leadville. Patients at the four facilities will have remote access to physicians at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo.

Services delivered through the program will include ear/nose/throat, gastroenterology, cardiology, critical care/pulmonology, neurosurgery, and pre- and post-surgery consultations. The initiative expects to expand to New Mexico and some employer workplace clinics this year.

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--Joseph Goedert


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