Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication
About one-fifth of all people in the United States live in rural areas, which have higher mortality rates, a higher prevalence of diseases, and lower life expectancy than urban areas. Telehealth-guided collaboration between health care providers has the potential to increase access to services and improve health outcomes in underserved rural populations. However, more research is needed to better understand how provider-to-provider telehealth affects rural patients, populations, health care providers, and payers. Workshop speakers will identify those research gaps, as well as explore barriers to and facilitators of successful, sustainable implementation of provider-to-provider telehealth in rural settings.
How To Register
Registration is required.You must register separately for each day you plan to attend to receive a unique meeting link for that specific day.
This workshop will be captioned in real-time. Individuals needing reasonable accommodations should contact NIHP2P@mail.nih.gov.
Attendees will have opportunities to submit questions and comments during discussion periods. After weighing the evidence, an independent panel will prepare a report that summarizes the workshop and identifies future research priorities.
Join @NIHprevents, @ncats_nih_gov, @nih_nhlbi, @HRSAgov, and @CDCgov for a virtual #NIHP2P workshop on the use of provider-to-provider telehealth to improve rural health outcomes and reduce rural health disparities, October 12–14, 2021. prevention.nih.gov/P2P-RuralHealth
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Health Policy (FORHP) will be making a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding available for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to strengthen COVID-19 testing and mitigation and increase vaccine confidence.
Interested RHCs should watch for the upcoming funding opportunity and start the process to register to apply for a HRSA grant. RHCs that have met the requirements for the RHC COVID-19 Testing Program will receive a one-time allocation of up to $100,000 per clinic site. For additional program announcements and updates, click here.
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. This program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. To learn more about recently funded DLT projects, Rural Development has developed a map of recently funded DLT projects at: https://ruraldevelopment.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=15a73830555645ae93d2fa773ed8e971
Funds may be used to acquire capital assets such as broadband facilities, equipment, hardware, software, internal infrastructure, instructional programming, and technical assistance for using all that was acquired. To learn more, follow this link to the grant opportunity:
USAC (Universal Service Administrative Co.) offers two different funding options for rural healthcare providers to increase connectivity with their patients. The Telecommunications Program (Telecom) provides reduced rates to rural health care providers for telecommunication and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth. The Healthcare Connect Fund Program (HCF) provices a 65% discount on eligible broadband connectivity expenses (services and equipment) for rural health care providers (individual providers or consortiums). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s deadline for application has been extended to June 1, 2021. Click the registration link below to access their website and determine if you or your organization qualifies for assistance.