Samantha Kleindienst Robler

Samantha Kleindienst Robler

Samantha Kleindienst Robler, AuD, PhD, is the director of audiology at Norton Sound Health Corporation in remote Northwest Alaska.

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

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