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Pritzker talks telehealth, broadband expansion in Peoria

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- Governor J.B. Pritzker was in Peoria to discuss how the four-year statewide broadband expansion will improve telehealth and health outcomes for people who live in rural areas.

Through telehealth doctors, a part of OSF Health Care, are able to "phone-in" via video to any of their 14 medical centers.

Pritzker stressed the importance of smaller communities being able to connect with specialists in other cities to provide the best care possible.

"From remote constant care for critical patients and virtual assistant care to at-home connections to the OSF on-call virtual urgent care visits, OSF is using technology to provide the right care in the right places at the right time," he said.

Applications for broadband expansion grants are due by April 3. The governor encouraged organizations of any size to apply to be a part of Connect Illinois.

Stephanie Rodriguez

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