Telehealth – a gift to therapists and patients with broadband

Live Wide Open in West Central Minnesota reports…

Tiffany Voigt is a regional therapy manager for eLuma, a teletherapy company. She works out of her country home outside of the city of Ottertail.

In a sign of the times, she might not be living there at all if it weren’t for technology. Fast technology.

The home office window view is like working outdoors. But the snow today is bright.

“We worked with Arvig, a local Internet service provider, to be sure fast internet was available” on the land they were about to purchase in rural Otter Tail County, she said.

Having broadband access paved the way for Tiffany’s family to move from Fargo.

“I think having the opportunity to have a job and work online is big for moving to a small community,” she said. Telemedicine, or in her case teletherapy, is one solution for accessing and/or offering services in a rural area. “This online job has allowed me to pursue my career goals. It has led me to a director’s role.”

Tiffany supervises several people from her home office and the company’s services are provided in 30 states. “We help people who might not have access to therapists,” noting that much of their work is offered in schools. “I’ve actually had clients from Africa to California,” she said.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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