Rural Telemedicine / Physician Communication

Many rural areas are limited by a lack of access to health care due to the inherent challenges associated with recruitment and retention of health-care professionals. Communication between rural family physicians and urban specialists is essential. Telemedicine, which uses communication technology to deliver medical services over distance, is an economical and potentially effective way to address this problem.

Telemedicine technology can also be useful for teaching. However, expensive equipment can limit its deployment in resource-challenged settings.

Full-Time Faculty Researchers

Dr. Michael Parsons
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Chair, Assistant Program Director
Dr. Tia Renouf
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Peter Rogers
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Margo Wilson
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Part-Time Faculty Researchers

Dr. Sarah Mathieson
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Recent Publications

Wilson, M.M., Devasahayam, A.J., Pollock, N.J., Dubrowski, A., and Renouf, T. Rural family physician perspectives on communication with urban specialists: a qualitative study. BMJ Open 2021;11:e043470. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043470
Garland C, Wilson J A, Parsons M H, et al. (December 02, 2019) The Application of Low-fidelity Chest Tube Insertion Using Remote Telesimulation in Training Healthcare Professionals. Cureus 11(12): e6273. doi:10.7759/cureus.6273
Aubrey-Bassler K, Fernandes C, Penney C, Cullen R, Meaney C, Sopcak N, Campbell-Scherer D, Moineddin R, Baxter J, Krueger P, Wilson M, Pike A, Grunfeld E, Manca D. The effectiveness of a proven chronic disease prevention and screening intervention in diverse and remote primary care settings: an implementation study on the BETTER 2 Program. BJGP Open. 2019 Oct 29;3(3):bjgpopen19X101656. doi: 10.3399/bjgpopen19X101656.
Smith A, Addison R, Rogers P, Stone-McLean J, Hoover K, Boyd S, Pollard M, Dubrowski A, Parsons M. Remote mentoring of point of care ultrasound skills to inexperienced operators using Multiple Telemedicine Platforms- is a cellphone good enough? Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. 2018 Mar 25 2018
Dunne, C. L., & Parsons, M. (2017). Management of Cold Water-induced Hypothermia: A Simulation Scenario for Layperson Training Delivered via a Mobile Tele-simulation Unit. Cureus9(12), e1990.
Renouf, T., Parsons, M., Francis, L., Senoro, C., Chriswell, C., Saunders, R., & Hollander, C. (2017). Emergency Management of Tension Pneumothorax for Health Professionals on Remote Cat Island Bahamas. Cureus9(6), e1390.
Wang S, Parsons M, Stone-McLean J, Rogers P, Boyd S, Hoover K, Meruvia-Pastor O, Gong M, Smith A. Augmented Reality as a Telemedicine Platform for Remote Procedural Training. Sensors. 2017; 17(10):2294.
Herceg, C., & Renouf, T. (2016). Teaching Near and Far - Broome, Western Australia. Cureus8(11), e870.
Baral, K., Allison, J., Upadhyay, S., Bhandary, S., Shrestha, S., & Renouf, T. (2016). Rural Community as Context and Teacher for Health Professions Education. Cureus8(11), e866.
Mayer, H., & Renouf, T. (2016). Rural Medical Education in New Zealand. Cureus8(10), e826.
Renouf, T., & Pollard, M. (2016). Emergency Medicine in Remote Regions. Cureus8(9), e774.
Renouf T, Alani S, Whalen D, et al City mouse, country mouse: a mixed-methods evaluation of perceived communication barriers between rural family physicians and urban consultants in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. BMJ Open 2016;6:e010153. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010153