The FCC has approved its fourth set of telehealth fund applications, this time 13 more applications for $4.2 million.
The CARES Act provided $200 million for an FCC telehealth program to fund connectivity for healthcare providers so they could do remote monitoring of COVID-19 patients and other pandemic-related telehealth needs--like remote diagnoses and medical advice to a shelter-at-home population.
The FCC has so far approved $13.7 million to 16 states in a little over two weeks.
The new grants range from $26,180 for mental health services for older people in New York to $93,380 for remote monitoring and care at the Loudoun Community Health Center T/A HealthWorks for Northern Virginia in Leesburg, Va., to $1 million--the most the FCC has signaled it will give out to a single applicant--to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for telehealth in 50 communities in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The FCC is approving the applications on a rolling basis, rather than waiting until they are all in to prioritize them.
The FCC began accepting applications April 13.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.