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.

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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