HHS Allocates $1.9 Million to Establish Telehealth Programs for Underserved Populations
The HHS has allocated $1.9 million for new telehealth regional resource centers to serve rural and medically underserved populations. Qualified regional centers will each receive a $325,000 grant through the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program. These funds are targeted for healthcare organizations and healthcare networks that are establishing medical services programs via telemedicine to reach patients at rural and medically underserved areas of the country.
Funding will be available through 2015, and those qualified for the funding will have to provide technical training and support for healthcare providers. The goal is to reach a large population of patients through telemedicine, as well as support research that will outline the best ways to promote telehealth services and resource centers to meet the needs of those living in remote and/or rural areas with limited access to medical services. mHIMSS.org; January 3, 2013