PAULA JOSEY is Assistant Director of Nursing, Eastern AHEC, and Project Manager, Home Telemedicine, Greenville, N.C. SUSAN GUSTKE is Medical Director for Telemedicine and Associate Dean, E.C.U. School of Medicine, and Executive Director, Eastern AHEC. The home telemcdicine projects were funded through grants from the Office for the Advancement of Tele-health, Health Resources, and Services Administration, and University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina.
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Using telemedicine to care for home-bound patients increases patients' access to care, reduces resource consumption, and improves use of scarce health professionals.