Hospices, Palliative Providers Innovate to Better Serve Rural Patients

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2019 1:59 PM

In order to try to meet the needs of rural patients, hospices and palliative care providers are looking into new technologies and methods. 

“Rural palliative care is different. The expertise that organizations have developed around delivering palliative care in other geographic areas doesn’t always naturally translate,” said Brian Mistler, chief operating officer of Resolution Care. “Also, a lot of the patient population that we see serve in rural communities don’t have the same privileges that some of the rest of us have. It’s hard to wrap our minds around the impact that lack of access to the social determinants of health and lack of socioeconomic status has on health care in general.” 

One of the greatest tools for rural patients is telemedicine, as they are often too remote to visit regularly, or the patient may not have access to transportation to reach their physicians office.

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