Conclusions and Policy Implications
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Hypothesis 1. This hypothesis was critical in assessing the effectiveness of current federal and state policies promoting telemedicine as a partial solution to persistent rural health problems. The results of the modeling process provided qualified support for the primary hypothesis, HI, that hospital location is a factor in predicting telemedicine adoption. The RURAL variable was not statistically significant in the fully specified model; however, the RURAL variable was statistically significant in the reduced form model. This significance, combined with information gathered from the diagnostics performed on the fully specified model, clearly illustrated that several factors, which are virtually inseparable from urban or rural location, are positively related to telemedicine adoption. Thus, rural location is negatively related to telemedicine adoption.