HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration has announced plans to distribute $1.9 million for the creation of six telehealth resource centers, mHIMSS reports (Wicklund, mHIMSS, 1/3).
About the Grants
HRSA is administering the grants through the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program, which provides funding to projects that use telehealth networks to improve health care services (Roney, Becker's Hospital Review, 1/4).
The grants will help launch five regional centers and one national center.
HRSA will administer grants of up to:
- $325,000 for each regional center; and
- $300,000 for the national center.
Once completed, the centers will join a network that currently consists of 12 regional centers and two national centers.
According to the grant announcement, tasks that applicants should be able to perform include:
- Providing technical assistance, training and support for health care providers and other entities that provide or plan to provide telehealth services;
- Disseminating information and research findings related to telehealth services;
- Promoting effective collaboration among telehealth resource centers and the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth;
- Evaluating the best use of telehealth technologies to meet health care needs; and
- Promoting the integration of technologies used in clinical information systems with other telehealth technologies.
The deadline for grant applications is Feb. 25 (mHIMSS, 1/3).