Telehealth initiative connects HIV-positive Alabamans with healthcare professionals

Tuesday, February 15 2011

A new telehealth initiative aims to provide citizens of rural Alabama living with HIV/AIDS with access to specialists who can help improve their quality of life.

The telehealth implementation, which will connect HIV-positive individuals in rural areas with specialists in urban centers via video conference technology, was made possible by a multimillion dollar grant awarded by AIDS United to Montgomery AIDS Outreach and its partners, Whatley Health Services and the AIDS Action Coalition. The grant is one of 10 awarded to similar organizations throughout the country as part of AIDS United's Access to Care initiative.

The awards are supported by a federal grant to AIDS United from the Social Innovation Fund.

Permanent telehealth suites will be set up in rural HIV clinics in Florence, Selma and York, Alabama.

According to the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation's state health facts, more than 4,000 individuals were living with HIV/AIDS in Alabama in 2007.