Tuesday, June 29, 2010

FCC Rural Healthcare Money

The FCC has a couple of initiatives for Rural Healthcare: Rural Health Care Universal Service Program and the Rural Health Care Pilot Program.

The Pilot program "helps build high-speed broadband connections that connect public and non-profit rural health clinics with medical centers in larger communities. The Pilot is funding projects that will be able to provide rural America with real-time consultations with medical experts at research hospitals, using telemedicine to save lives and money, and bring other benefits that only robust broadband connections can bring in the information-intense world of health care." [FCC blog]

The FCC proposes to "transform our Internet Access Fund into a Broadband Access Fund, and fund data centers and administrative offices because they are critical to delivering health IT."


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