The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has made 26 additional COVID-19 telehealth awards. The funding of $11.19 million will provide services in both rural and urban areas.
The program, which was created by the CARES Act, so far has granted applications providing $24.9 million in funding for 56 health care providers in 23 states.
The organizations receiving the latest COVID-19 telehealth awards are in Los Angeles, Pomona, Wilmington and Yuba City CA; Houston, Lubbock, Bay City, Levelland and College Station, TX; Cincinnati; Burlington, VT; Philadelphia and Scranton, PA; Tucson and Window Rock, AZ; New Haven, CT; Brandywine, MD; Holyoke, MA; Baltimore; Albany, OR; Boston; New York City; Rocky Mount, NC and Somerset, NJ. Some of the organizations operate in more than one locality in their state.
COVID-19 Telehealth Awards
Last month, the FCC made several announcements of telehealth awards. During the last week of the month, it approved 13 awards totaling $4.2 million for 30 providers in 16 states. During the previous week, it awarded $3.71 million to five projects. That followed an announcement earlier in the month of $3.23 million for six COVID-19 telehealth awards.
Telehealth long has been seen as a prime way in which the fast evolution of telecommunications and broadband can help society. Like telework and tele-education, it is likely to get a permanent boost from the COVID-19 pandemic. Being able to diagnose, monitor and in some cases treat patients from great distances has significant benefits.
A full list of the latest FCC COVID-19 telehealth awards can be found in this press release.