Philip Hofstetter

Philip Hofstetter

Philip Hofstetter, AuD, is the chief medical officer for Petersburg Medical Center, a critical access hospital in Southeast Alaska.

Illustration of telehealth visit via cell phone over Alaska state shape (Andrew Rybalko/ and Yaska/

Telehealth: The Great Equalizer

Geographical distance and provider shortage in the state of Alaska make access to specialist health care, such as audiology, difficult. To address this challenge, Alaska has developed a homegrown telehealth network that connects small rural community clinics to specialists. Pre- and post-operative care, management of otologic disease and hearing loss, hearing aid programming, and newborn hearing screening follow-up are a few examples of telehealth-based services provided by audiologists in remote Alaska. 

Topic(s): Telehealth