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South Carolina Telehealth Network to Benefit from Broadband Funds

August 15, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission’s June vote to increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Healthcare Program was seen as a victory for states and healthcare providers looking to expand telehealth and telemedicine programs into underserved regions. South Carolina is one such state taking advantage of those resources. Clemson University announced this week...


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FCC Approves Connected Care Program Featuring Telehealth, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved a $100 million program designed to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations, including remote patient monitoring programs that have shown past...

FCC Eyes Support for Telehealth, RPM Projects Serving Rural America

by Eric Wicklund

Federal authorities are proposing to launch a $100 million program to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations, including remote patient monitoring programs that have shown past success in treating rural...

Farm Bill to Increase Rural Telemedicine Awaits Senate Approval

by Jessica Kent

The House has passed the 2018 Farm Bill to increase funding for rural telemedicine and further combat the opioid crisis, and the bill is now awaiting Senate approval. The revised bill includes several amendments to improve health outcomes...

FCC Increases Funding for Rural Healthcare Program

by Jessica Kent

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has announced his plan to significantly increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Healthcare Program, an initiative that would improve telemedicine in rural...

Senators to FCC: Better Rural Connectivity Means More Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

The Senate is challenging the Federal Communications Commission on two fronts in an effort to improve broadband and cellphone connectivity in rural areas – key ingredients to expanding telehealth and telemedicine programs to reach...

Is CMS Giving Telehealth Its Due In Its New Rural Health Strategy?

by Eric Wicklund

CMS is making telehealth and telemedicine a cornerstone in its first Rural Health Strategy. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled the first-ever program this past week, releasing a five-point, eight-page initiative to...

AHA Letter: Broadband Funding Cuts Threaten Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

The American Hospital Association is protesting planned funding cuts to the Rural Health Care Program, saying the loss of money will severely impact telehealth and telemedicine programs in remote and rural communities around the...

Senate Bill Expands Rural Access to Telehealth in Iowa

by Jessica Kent

A bill approved by the Iowa Senate requires health insurers to cover both telehealth and in-person services equally and could expand rural access to telemedicine, particularly in specialty areas such as psychiatry. “Telehealth...

Telemedicine Trial Targets Pregnant Women Battling Opioid Addiction

by Eric Wicklund

A new study aims to determine whether telemedicine can be used to improve outcomes for rural women who are pregnant and struggling with an opioid addiction. Lorie Harper, MD, an assistant professor at the University of...

Telehealth Gives Rural Tennessee Residents Access to Specialist Care

by Eric Wicklund

Residents in rural west Tennessee will soon have access to specialist consults through a telehealth network being set up in two health centers. Memphis-based University Clinical Health, 130-doctor physician group affiliated with the...

Telemedicine Licensure Gives Doctors a Chance to Expand Their Reach

by Eric Wicklund

To Dr. Bruce Miewald, telemedicine licensure isn’t a means to acquire more patients and do more business. It’s an opportunity to reach out and help people in other parts of the country who need his expertise. The Coeur...

FCC Under Pressure to Boost Broadband Support for Rural Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

One of healthcare’s heavy hitters is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to support primary care telemedicine in rural America by boosting resources for broadband expansion. Arguing that improved broadband access will...

Telemedicine Programs Feature Prominently in Latest USDA DLT Grants

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are targeting telemedicine programs to improve mental health counseling and tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic in the latest round of Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grants. In all, the U.S....

New Group Lobbies to Use ‘TV White Space’ for Rural Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A group of business and advocacy organizations is making another push for improved broadband connectivity in rural parts of the country, saying it would – among other things - boost access to telehealth and telemedicine services for...

Drones Show Potential for Delivering Telemedicine, mHealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

Today’s high-tech toy could soon become a valuable telemedicine tool. Drones – those tiny, unmanned planes that have been buzzing over beaches and playgrounds across the US – are beginning to show up on the radar in...

FCC Project Looks to Tie Broadband, Telehealth to Better Cancer Care

by Eric Wicklund

A new partnership will examine whether better broadband access in remote parts of Kentucky can boost telehealth and mHealth programs that improve outcomes for cancer patients. The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health...

Telemedicine Advocates Cry Foul Over FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine experts are warning that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to scrap net neutrality rules could seriously damage telehealth expansion in rural parts of the country and create a...

FCC Eyes Expanded Broadband Funding for Telehealth, Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Communications Commission is considering increasing funding for broadband expansion to rural America, a move that would pave the way for more – and better - telehealth and telemedicine programs where healthcare access is...

UC Davis to Use Telemedicine to Treat Remote Disabled Children

by Eric Wicklund

A California health system is getting a $2 million federal grant to launch a school-based telemedicine program for children with disabilities living in remote areas. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is giving the...

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