Using Telemedicine for Tuberculosis Care Management: a Three County Inter-Municipal Approach
- 203 Downloads
Tuberculosis (TB) is a life threatening illness caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB requires specialty knowledge and is treated with multiple combinations of antibiotics for a course that ranges from 6 to 12 months . TB is becoming increasingly more complex for clinicians due to rise in antibiotic resistance which can occur when the drugs are misused or mismanaged. Many healthcare providers do not have the expertise in identifying and managing patients infected with TB [2, 3]. New York State Public Health Law requires all county health departments to be responsible for providing or securing TB care and treatment. With this law, it has been challenging for local health departments such as Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments to find expert TB specialists to effectively diagnose and manage infection within their counties.
Genesee and Orleans are rural counties that are located between the cities of Rochester and Buffalo in Western New York....
We would like to thank Colette Kogut, Annette Zobel and Elaine Watson from Genesee County Health Department and Connie Ferris, Mary Ellen Messmer, Deborah Restivo, Melissa Pless, Gail Pettit and Doris Delano from Orleans County Health Department. Chittadaphone Phounthavong, Renee Jenkins, Drey Piedmont and Shane Gurnee from Monroe County Public Health Department.
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of Interest
- 4.County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Building a Culture of Health, County by County. (http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/). Accessed May 25, 2017.
- 6.Caminero JA, Cayla JA, Garcia-Garcia JM, et al. J, Diagnosis and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Archivos de Bronconeumologia. Epub ahead of print 27 March 2017; doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arbres.2017.02.006.