The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau Wednesday approved an additional 70 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Health care providers in both urban and rural areas will use this $31.63 million to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.
To date, the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was authorized by the CARES Act, has approved 514 applications in 46 states, plus Washington, D.C., for a total of $189.27 million in funding. Below is a list of health care providers that were approved:
- Ambulatory Health Services, in Philadelphia, PA, was awarded $791,398 for telemedicine carts, laptop computers, video conferencing equipment, a telehealth platform, and a remote monitoring platform to help establish specialized telehealth consulting and examination rooms and increase the ability to offer in-home telehealth services via video and through monitoring devices and applications.
- Association to Benefit Children–Children’s Mobile Mental Health Clinic, in New York City, received $174,270 for laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, and videoconferencing equipment and software to treat mental health services remotely, including a range of pediatric conditions, such as anxiety and depressive disorders for at-risk children.
- Atrius Health, in Auburndale, MA, obtained $985,312 for tablets, remote monitoring equipment, videoconferencing equipment and software, and network upgrades to expand telehealth capabilities and provide a range of medical services by designating “essential well” and “respiratory” sites to minimize potential COVID-19 exposure. The money will also help Atrius Health to offer routine medical care using video visits and home monitoring devices for vulnerable patients who may not have access to video or a phone.
- Avera Health, in Sioux Falls, SD, was awarded $672,879 for tablet computers, telehealth equipment and a platform license, telemedicine carts, and remote monitoring equipment and software to provide care for COVID-19 and other chronically ill patients in their homes and in hospitals or clinics throughout 85 rural counties in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and to 14 federally-recognized tribal governments and independent tribal communities.
To view all 70 approvals click here.
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