WASHINGTON — At Wednesday’s Senate Broadband Caucus The Future of Telehealth in the 21st Century expo, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., highlighted the need for affordable broadband access to deliver telehealth in West Virginia.

The Charleston Area Medical Center was one of fifteen innovators from across the country that shared health technologies at the expo. Following a visit to CAMC last year, Capito invited the hospital to demonstrate its Diabetic Retinal Camera, which is used to diagnose diabetes, at this year’s expo.

“The Diabetic Retinopathy program has shown us how essential having clear pictures of the eyes are when the patient is located in a rural area and the ophthalmologist is miles or hours away. With enhanced broadband in West Virginia, we will be able to do so much more in the health-care world,” said Tom Kuhn, a program consultant at CAMC.