Telehealth Comes to Delaware Libraries

Delaware libraries are expanding their services to offer telehealth kiosks, providing local residents with greater access to healthcare resources.

The program, which is being rolled out across the state, will allow patients to connect with healthcare providers via video conference from their local library.

The kiosks are designed to provide a convenient and accessible healthcare option for those who may not have access to traditional healthcare facilities or who may be hesitant to visit a doctor's office due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The program has already been implemented in several libraries across the state, including Newark and Bear. It has been met with positive feedback from both library staff and patrons, who appreciate the convenience and accessibility of the service.

The program received a boost in June 2022 when U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, announced $275,000 in Community Project Funding for the kiosks. According to Bay to Bay News, the funding will go toward implementing eight additional telehealth kiosks in libraries throughout Delaware in Wilmington, Newark, Elsmere, Woodlawn, Bear, Dover, Milford, Georgetown, Lewes, and Laurel.

The Delaware Division of Libraries has been instrumental in bringing this program to the state. By partnering with healthcare providers and community organizations, the division has made it possible to bring telehealth services to local libraries, providing a valuable resource for residents across the state. The expansion of the telehealth kiosk program is part of a broader effort to expand access to healthcare resources in Delaware. By leveraging technology and partnerships, the state is working to ensure that all residents have access to the care they need, regardless of their location or circumstances.

Overall, the telehealth kiosk program is an exciting development for Delaware libraries and the communities they serve. By providing greater access to healthcare resources, these kiosks have the potential to improve health outcomes for many local residents and to help bridge the gap in healthcare access and equity.

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