Federal Communications Commission Provides $668,335 in Funding for Remote Health Services
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced April 2, 2020 the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, a program that provides $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide telehealth services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides immediate support to eligible health care providers by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services until the program's funds have been expended or the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.
The Holyoke Health Center received $668,335 in funding from the FCC to fund remote health services such as telehealth visits, video conferencing, as well as devices and equipment to utilize these new services.
Holyoke Health Center's Information Technology Directory, Andrew Buscemi, was recently interviewed and featured in an article on Healthcare It News on our expansion of virtual health care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The FCC funding allows us to greatly expand and upgrade our existing infrastructure to support various remote health initiatives,” Buscemi explained. “We’ve already tripled our existing bandwidth through our local ISP, and we’ve already deployed a new Barracuda firewall system to allow for an almost unlimited number of remote VPN connections.”
Check out the full article here.