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UIC Leverages Telemedicine with Correctional Facilities

November 21, 2018

Telemedicine technology is bringing cutting edge services to remote populations, and the UIC College of Pharmacy is at the center of the telemedicine revolution.

Dr. Juliana Chan and her colleague, Dr. Melissa Badowski, currently serve all 26 Illinois correctional facilities, providing care to over 600 Hepatitis C patients each year. While a prison physician directs the diagnostic decision-making, Dr. Chan takes the lead on education and medication plans, providing medication counseling, managing side effects and simplifying inmates’ regimens. UIC’s innovative work has emerged as a prominent example of telemedicine’s potential to drastically reform care.

Dr. Chan also exposes UIC students to the novel world of telemedicine. Pharmacy students can participate in a telemedicine rotation or take an elective course in telemedicine designed to educate students on the intricacies of the still-blossoming service.

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