University of Texas, Mexican Agency to Establish Telemedicine Services Program
The University of Texas and the Mexican Office of Migrant Affairs have agreed to establish a program to provide telemedicine services and distance learning courses on both sides of the border, the Associated Press reports. UT physicians will use Internet and other teleconference technologies to offer remote consultations to physicians in low-income and rural communities in Mexico about certain medical issues, according to Dan Burck, chancellor of the UT system. Telemedicine services may begin as early as this summer between the UT-Galveston and the University of Puebla in Mexico, Juan Hernandez, director of the Mexican Office of Migrant Affairs, said. The program also will support distance learning courses for students in Mexico and the United States. The program may expand to serve communities with a large number of residents who migrate to the United States and may not receive adequate health care "as a result of moving frequently," the Associated Press reports (Tarricone, Associated Press, 4/9).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.