ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Indian Health Service has announced a one-year, $6.8 million contract with Avera Health to advance telehealth for about 130,000 American Indians and Alaska natives. “This contract is beneficial to IHS patients because it connects Avera Health’s medical experts to American Indian communities as part of a major IHS initiative to improve access to quality care at hospitals, health centers and other facilities in the Great Plains,” said Mary Smith, IHS principal deputy director, in a press release. Avera will provide additional emergency medical services, as well as behavioral health, cardiology, maternal and child health and other services, through telehealth technology at 19 Great Plains Area service units. Some IHS facilities in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota that currently have the telehealth infrastructure already in place will see expansions, and those that don’t will be newly equipped.
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