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Telemedicine on verge of steep increase in Ky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The expanding number of doctors offering appointments through videoconferencing, called telemedicine, is expected to see a sharp increase.

The Courier-Journal reports telemedicine is seen as a way to help deal with doctor shortages, especially in rural areas and especially with another 600,000 people in the state who are expected to join insurance rolls in health exchanges and or through expanded Medicaid coverage.

Dr Greg Jicha, a neurologist at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, says the technology "is really going to increase access to care."

A recent report from the Kentucky Telehealth Network says there were almost 6,200 video-conference doctor visits in 2011.

Officials say that number is expected to grow as more insurance companies allow telehealth services.

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