USDA grants $72M for telemedicine initiatives

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Jackie Drees –
Thursday, October 8th, 2020

USDA will money 116 projects through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program, which helps health care and academic institutions acquire the equipment and software required to rollout virtual health and learning services.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is using $72 million in grants to support telemedicine and distance learning chances in rural parts of the U.S.

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” Increasing access to telemedicine and range learning is critical to constructing much healthier and more durable rural communities,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in the Oct. 7 press release. “Paired with our significant effort to broaden high-speed broadband access in rural America, these investments will assist rural healthcare centers and education organizations reach more rural citizens with necessary services and opportunities.”.

A few of the telemedicine projects getting financing will address opioid dependency and continuing education and expert development for clinicians.