Coquille tribe seeks to expand access to health care via telemedicine

Coquille Indian Tribe (KCBY image)

COOS BAY, Ore. - The Coquille Indian Tribe will receive grants from the USDA to expand their access to healthcare, specifically, through telemedicine with the purchase of computer and camera technology.

Patients and medical staff will have the opportunity to talk with specialists in places like Eugene and Portland, to get care their rural community wouldn't normally have access to.

"I travel to Eugene on a monthly basis to see my oncologist," said Mark Johnston, the Executive Director. "So having the ability to see him without having to travel would be very beneficial to me and this grant would allow them not to have to travel as far so they'd have better access to care."

It's part of nearly $40 million federal grant for projects aimed at increasing access to healthcare in rural areas.

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