Mobile health clinics might be a way to reduce ER visits in Southern California

  • Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
  • Published: 06/13/2018 10:49 AM

The 911 calls come from all corners of northern Los Angeles County’s rural desert communities: Asthma attack. Elders on their own who have run out of prescription drugs and need help. Alcohol-induced illnesses. Mental health-related episodes. Those are the calls Dr. Clayton Kazan wants, the kinds of ailments he knows he can fix with a lock box filled with emergency medications and an electrocardiogram that he carries in his Ford Explorer. His equipment and tools may be low-tech, especially compared to the smartphone apps and telehealth devices hospitals nationwide are experimenting with to steer non-life threatening illnesses away from their emergency departments. But the lock box contains what Kazan calls a more personal way of helping residents across the vast and mostly rural Antelope Valley, where primary and specialty care remains challenging to find, even among the insured.


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