Medical leaders discuss rural health care in the East

Published: Jun. 14, 2019 at 9:44 PM EDT
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More than 100 health care professionals from all across Eastern Carolina came together Friday to talk about a new effort to improve health care in rural communities.

The Eastern Area Health Education Center organized the event that brought physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other health professionals together to share their experiences.

Some professionals talked about the potential impact of new technology on health care systems and patient health; while others talked about value-based care.

Organizers say it is important to have events like this so different communities and health care professionals can talk about the struggle of health care in rural areas.

Dr. Peter Schmidt, Vice Dean of the Brody School of Medicine, said, "A lot of the models for care that have been built in large university settings have not been applicable to those rural communities. We haven't been able to design models that can be effectively replicated to serve the people of regions like eastern North Carolina."

Friday's event began with Eugene Nelson as the keynote speaker who talked about the underlying vision in pay-per-value.

The event wrapped up with words from ECU's own Peter Schmidt and T. Robert Tempel, Jr. on the clinical care revolution and readiness in rural communities through virtual health.