The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded another round of the Connected Care Pilot Program. Funds are awarded to 36 projects in underserved geographies, such as rural and Indian Tribal areas, plus to groups such as veterans, the disabled, children, and older adults. A brief sample of the awardees includes Yale New Haven Health System (four projects), Catholic Health Initiative (36 sites in the Midwest), Heritage Clinic (CA), Hudson Headwaters Health Network (upstate NY), Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), and the Universities of Kentucky, Florida, and Hawaii.
The original Connected Care Pilot Program started in 2019 [TTA 20 June 2019]. It was established to provide up to $100 million in Universal Service Funds (USF) to help eligible health care providers defray the costs of providing connected care services to their patients. On an ongoing basis, the USF can be used to provide continuing support for connected care services. FCC Public Release, WTVQ (Lexington KY)