The University of Arizona College of Medicine's growing telemedicine program is improving care for rural patients, the Tucson Citizen reports. The telemedicine system uses Internet-based videoconferencing technology to facilitate access to medical services, including psychiatry, surgery, pediatrics, radiology and pathology. Thus far, the network has communication hubs in Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff, Ariz., as well as three facilities in the Navajo Nation. In addition, the network enables services for 171 clinics and hospitals in Arizona and New Mexico, while the Arizona Department of Corrections, which operates 10 prisons statewide, also has used the telemedicine system thousands of times, according to officials. The director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program, meanwhile, says he hopes “that eventually this will be a mainstream way of providing health care" (Avery-Page, Tucson Citizen, 2/15/08).