Federal Grants Available for Hospitals to Expand Delivery of Telehealth Services

April 27, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development, is accepting applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants that can help hospitals and health systems build infrastructure to expand the use of telehealth services to provide more accessible, high-value health care.

According to the federal agency, the grants are designed to help hospitals and other eligible organizations acquire equipment, technology, or other assistance to better allow “rural residents [to] tap into the enormous potential of modern telecommunications and the Internet for . . . health care,” which the agency describes as a key “to economic and community development.”

Among other uses, grant recipients may use funds to acquire broadband transmission facilities, audiovisual and interactive equipment, computer hardware and software, network components, and similar infrastructure.

The deadline for applying for this federal grant opportunity is June 4. For more information, including how to apply, see: www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants.

This story originally appeared in the April 27, 2018 edition of WHA Newsletter