Zia Kelly studies journalism and public health at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Outside of the newsroom, she works part-time as a personal trainer and competes as an Olympic-style weightlifter.
For rural residents, managing chronic disease can be tough – especially for those with more than one. Long distances to care providers can make getting to appointments even more challenging. Integrating medical records into online patient portals may help bridge the gap between rural patients and their physicians, but a recent study from the University of Missouri found that not all patients registered on these portals are using them.