Samsung, Centene to Bring Telehealth to 13k Patients in Rural, Underserved Communities – – HIT Consultant


Samsung, Centene to Bring Telehealth to 13k Patients in Rural, Underserved Communities

What You Should Know:

– Today, Centene announced that it is teaming up with Samsung Electronics America to expand critical virtual care for 13,000 patients in underserved and rural communities who may have limited access to technology, including seniors and low-income individuals.

– Amid the rapid digital transformation in healthcare,
the digital divide has exposed disparities in access to technology amid the
pandemic. With telehealth emerging as the preferred method of non-urgent
appointments during COVID-19, vulnerable, underserved patients face increased
barriers now more than ever when seeking out care.

Centene
Corporation
, today announced it is working with Samsung Electronics
America
to expand access to telehealth for individuals living in rural and
underserved communities. The initiative will supply providers with Samsung
Galaxy A10e smartphones to disseminate to patients who would not otherwise have
the ability to receive their healthcare virtually. Additionally, some providers
will receive Samsung Galaxy tablets to use to conduct telehealth visits.

Powering Virtual Care to Underserved and Rural Communities

With this initiative, Centene and Samsung will
deploy 13,000 Galaxy A10e smartphones, with 90 days of free wireless service,
to approximately 200 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), other
providers and community support organizations throughout Centene’s markets,
with a particular focus on rural and underserved areas. The providers and
organizations will then determine which of their patients need the devices and
distribute them accordingly.

Centene previously
announced the creation of a Medicaid Telehealth Partnership with
the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to help
FQHCs quickly ramp-up their capacity to provide telehealth solutions to meet
the needs created by the COVID-19 crisis. 

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As of mid-July, a CDC
survey
 found that 44.4
percent of respondents reported delaying or not receiving care for various
reasons, including concerns and challenges around COVID-19. Meanwhile, prior to
the COVID-19 outbreak, rural residents already exhibited higher mortality rates
and higher incidences of preventable inpatient and emergency room admissions
than their counterparts in urban areas.

“We are committed to ensuring our members, providers and communities have access to the care they need, especially during this unprecedented time when patients might not feel safe going to the doctor in person or have reliable means to get there,” said Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene. “We believe telehealth solutions will significantly improve access to care and are pleased that we can help give providers the telehealth infrastructure they need to take care of underserved communities across the nation.”



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