Infusion of Federal Cash to Boost Telehealth in Oklahoma

Money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act will be allocated to Duncan Regional Hospital for new telehealth conferencing equipment. Some $84.96 million has been distributed across 41 states so far.

by Charlene Belew, The Duncan Banner / June 5, 2020

(TNS) — The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday a local hospital will receive funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to expand telehealth capabilities.

The funding comes after the approval of 53 additional applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Duncan Regional Hospital will receive a slice of the $16.46 million in funding.

Duncan Regional Hospital will receive a total of $56,266. That money will go toward “teleconferencing equipment and software licenses, and remote monitoring equipment to expand telehealth offerings for primary care and mental health patients by sending equipment home with chronic patients to allow home care monitoring and communication with medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and, after the pandemic, to provide better care in rural locations,” according to the FCC.

According to the FCC, health care providers receiving the funding represent both urban and rural areas and since the FCC Telehealth Program began, 238 health care providers across 41 states have received a total of $84.96 million in funding.

©2020 The Duncan Banner (Duncan, Okla.) Distributed byTribune Content Agency, LLC.

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