USDA: Trump Administration Invests $72 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Infrastructure in 40 States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Investments will Benefit More Than 12 Million Rural Residents
- In Colorado, the Colorado Department of Corrections is receiving a $985,455 grant to provide telemedicine services to 17 correction facilities in 12 counties. The project will provide medical assessments, wellness visits, treatment follow-up, remote patient monitoring, mental health screenings, case management services, advanced care planning, and health risk assessment. Telemedicine will allow Colorado Department of Corrections to improve health care by providing access to more health care, preventive medicine, and access medical specialists, while reducing prisoner transport and related security management costs. The project will provide specialty health care usually not available to inmates to include: telepsychiatry, mental health, neurology, cardiology, renal care, cardiovascular, dialysis, gynecological, obstetrics, ophthalmology, orthopedic, oncology, rheumatology, hematology, tele speech, telehealth physical therapy, and opioid and substance abuse prevention.
- In Texas, the Epic Charter School is receiving a $969,327 grant to link urban schools in Oklahoma and Texas with rural schools, students and community partners in both states. The school will provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses, Career and Technical Education (CTE) certifications, Advance Placement (AP)/concurrent college courses, professional development and opioid education services. Interactive video conferencing equipment also will be installed.