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Dr. Marc Newell, cardiologist and chief of clinical cardiology at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, demonstrates how a new telehealth system being installed at the RC Hospital and Clinics will allow specialists at remote sites to view the ultrasound images of a patient’s heart or other organs. Volunteer Drew Maher learned that he will be celebrating his 16th birthday on Thursday with a healthy heart. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

RC Hospital, Allina Health launch telehealth initiative


OLIVIA — The skeletons of “telemedicine ventures past” are buried in the storage rooms of hospitals across rural Minnesota.

RC Hospital and Clinics CEO Nathan Blad stumbled on one in the storage room of the hospital in Olivia shortly after he started working there over eight years ago. The “obnoxious large microphone, humongous camera and this huge, boxy monitor’’ were what remained of an early 1990s venture there.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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