Bowling Green hosts Kentucky Telehealth Summit

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- When you’re sick it can be cumbersome getting out of bed to go see a doctor. Technology is making it easier for doctors to visit you, virtually.

Healthcare professionals from around the state were in Bowling Green Thursday to learn about remote medical services.

The Kentucky Telehealth Summit drew a packed room at the Knicely Conference center.

The one-day event included speakers from the secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Medicaid Services and Kentucky Communications Network Authority.

Topics ranged from remote patient monitoring to using telehealth for primary care.

The chair of the Kentucky Health Board said one major goal of telehealth is to reduce healthcare expenses.

“We want to increase access to care for patients and we’re doing this through technology. We want to increase efficiency for our health providers using that same technology. We think that this will also decrease cost,” said Deborah Burton, Chair of Kentucky Telehealth Board.

Thursday’s conference was especially important because Senate Bill 112 goes into effect in July 1, making telehealth services more affordable and accessible to Medicaid patients.