Feds announce funding for 6 new telehealth resource centers
Federal authorities have earmarked $1.9 million in new funding for the nation's network of telehealth resource centers, paving the way for an additional five regional centers and one national center.
Once completed, those centers could either join the current network of 12 regional centers and two national centers, the latter of which focus on technology assessment and telehealth policy, or replace existing centers to keep the network at 14 members.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is administering the grants, in amounts of up to $300,000 for the national center and $325,000 for each regional center, through the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program (TRCGP) to healthcare organizations, networks and/or providers establishing telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. Administration officials say funding is available through FY2015 to support one new national center and five new regional centers.
According to the announcement, successful applicants "will provide technical assistance, training and support for healthcare providers and a range of healthcare entities that provide or will provide telehealth services; disseminate information and research findings related to telehealth services; promote effective collaboration among telehealth resource centers and OAT; conduct evaluations to determine the best (use) of telehealth technologies to meet healthcare needs; and promote the integration of the technologies used in clinical information systems with other telehealth technologies; among many other activities."
The deadline to apply for the grants, which are renewable for as many as three years, is Feb. 25, 2013.
The network currently consists of: