Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Greg Pence announced the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau approved an additional 70 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Health care providers in rural communities will use this funding to provide telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program was authorized by the CARES Act, which Congressman Pence voted to pass in March. Hancock Regional Hospital, in Greenfield and Margaret Mary Community Hospital, in Batesville both will be recipients of additional funding.
“I am glad to see the Federal Communications Commission award much needed telehealth funding to the Margaret Mary Community Hospital and Hancock Regional Hospital in the Sixth District to support their ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19,” said Congressman Pence. “This funding will enhance critical, life-saving technology to ensure our rural Hoosier communities have access to innovative health care services and are not left behind.”
Margaret Mary Community Hospital was awarded $140,357 for remote patient monitoring equipment and a platform, videoconferencing equipment, tablets, mobile hotspots, telemedicine carts, and network upgrades to connect physicians and patients for remote medical exams, including lung exams to assess COVID-19, and to continue remote monitoring of COVID-19 patients to evaluate symptoms.