Telehealth set for big boost with $100M in new funding from FCC

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FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has announced the agency will vote to advance a $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, enabling telehealth expansion for low-income Americans nationwide.

Podcast: Telehealth for Parkinson’s care

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He had a lot of interesting things to say and, unlike so many other physicians, was aware of multiple system atrophy, the disease that killed my dad in 2012, so I decided to have him on for a podcast to describe how he is using off-the-shelf telehealth technology to expand access to care, improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs. We, of course, discussed cross-state licensure holding back wider use of remote care, a subject that is very much in the news right now.

New Illinois Law Highlights Efforts to Expand Rural Telehealth Access

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To this end, the FCC recently announced its Connected Care Initiative, which seeks to develop broadband access throughout these remote areas to better connect residents to primary and specialty care. Illinois Governor Signs New Law Expanding Rural Telehealth Access.

Policymakers: Broadband Funding Key to Bringing Telehealth Access to Rural Areas

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Since taking office, policymakers within the Trump administration have championed the expansion of telehealth access as a means to cut costs and extend care into the nation’s most rural and remote areas. broadband connectivity by 2022 — is offering that assistance.

Mississippi Telehealth Network Could Be FCC’s Model for RPM Expansion

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Back in 2014 , the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) collaborated with a network of local and national health technology leaders to build the Mississippi Diabetes Telehealth Network, an effort to extend quality care into rural and underserved regions with high rates of chronic illness.

Government Agencies & Industry Groups Push for Telehealth Policy Reform

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Echoing initiatives already taken by many state governments to expand access to digital healthcare services ( particularly in rural areas ), a growing number of federal agencies are also looking to reform existing telehealth policy in an effort to expand access to quality care while also attempting to rein in the costs of the American healthcare system. Proposals by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to boost funding for the expansion of telehealth into rural areas.