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November 21, 2007

FCC boosts telemedicine funding: Rural Health Care Pilot Program

FCC to Provide $400M for Rural Telemedicine Networks (Unfortunately, at the FCC Web site they don't have an HTML press release I can link to, but they provide a Word doc or Acrobat download.)

From the FCC press release:

To significantly increase access to acute, primary and preventive health care in rural America, the Federal Communications Commission today dedicated over $417 million for the construction of 69 statewide or regional broadband telehealth networks in 42 states and three U.S. territories under the Rural Health Care Pilot Program (RHCPP).

And,

The Commission’s RHCPP will support the connection of more than 6,000 public and non-profit health care providers nationwide to broadband telehealth networks.  The health care facilities participating in the Pilot Program include: hospitals, clinics, universities and research centers, behavioral health sites, correctional facility clinics, and community health centers.

This press release from SUNY Plattsburgh, NY mentions the FCC initiative and that the Research Foundation of SUNY will be receiving a "$7.6 million grant to improve telemedicine services."

The consortium of non-profit rural and urban health care providers in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, named The Adirondack - Champlain Telemedicine Information Network, or ACTION, will receive a grant in the amount of $7,648,304 to build a robust fiber optic network connecting the medical centers, the hospitals, a community health center, two community colleges and SUNY Plattsburgh. The state of the art fiber optic network, dedicated to telehealth and telemedicine, will connect all health care providers in those counties to each other and to Internet2, the next generation of the global computer network.

$22 million will be going to the California Telehealth Network.

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