WCCO found the successes and the future of the practice for some patients in outstate Minnesota.
A former firefighter and medic, it was a bad fall after retirement that put Bart Cedergren in a wheelchair.
He lives up north with his wife. The three doctor visits a month could take much of the day, but are now done in a fraction of the time because they’re all online.
“Telemedicine I think is the wave of the future,” Cedergren said. “The only thing we go in for these days are basically lab.”
Family Nurse Practitioner Janelle Terhaar now dedicates one full office day a week in Long Prairie to her telehealth patients.
“We went from maybe having one or two a month to now we’re maybe having steady patients every day,” Terhaar said.
From parents with a sick child, behavioral health, and an older population, Terhaar says patient profiles come from all over and that even web cams don’t lie.