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KU program to use mobile medical offices to help alleviate doctor, nurse shortages

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at 10:38 a.m.

If students studying design research are as successful with a current project as they hope to be, health care workers might once again make house calls. Including in western Kansas, where doctor and nurse shortages have grown acute.

Students at the University of Kansas are working on a prototype of what they call a “WellCar,” according to a written statement released this week by KU.

Nurse practitioners using it could do more good for afflicted people than they can now, including in rural areas where shortages require patients to travel long distances for health care, the statement said.

The students want to design a medical office on wheels, with devices integrated and advanced enough to send medical data to hospitals and clinics where it can be evaluated, the statement said. Some treatments could be given, and prescriptions written on the spot, the statement said.

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