FCC Announces $400 Million in Available Funding to Expand Telehealth Networks

1-8-2013 10-11-17 PM

FCC announces that it will invest $400 million each year to expedite the development of broadband networks supporting telehealth programs and health information exchange networks.

The program, dubbed the Healthcare Connect Fund, aims to spur the development of rural networks capable of increasing telemedicine services, expanding access to medical specialists, and supporting the rollout of state health information exchanges. The fund will help cover upfront infrastructure costs as well as ongoing network operational costs.

Applications will be accepted in the late summer of 2013. Eligible entities include public or not-for-profit hospitals, rural health clinics, community health centers, health centers serving migrants, community mental health centers, local health departments or agencies, post-secondary educational institutions, teaching hospitals, medical schools, or a consortium of the above.

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