Telemed quick hits: Of course it was in the federal stimulus bill; Planned Parenthoods in CA/UT up next; On guard MN
Specific telemedicine spending in final stimulus bill: The recently passed $787 billion economic stimulation bill includes $19 billion for health information technology. Specific for telemedicine, it will provide… $1.5 billion for HRSA [Health Resources and Services Administration] to use to build or repair health centers and/or to purchase equipment, and $85 million for health IT and telehealth technologies within the Indian Health Service. In addition ot this, much of the other HIT money will most likely have telehealth applications….
… The [Association for Utah Community Health] Telehealth Program will… supply[ ] telehealth equipment and resources to all association members….
Members of theAUCH include… Planned Parenthood of UT, a Title X funded reproductive health organization….
Services to be provided include… videoconferencing….
Specific PP participants of the UT Telehealth Network include clinics located in Logan, Ogden, Park City, Salt Lake, South Jordan, St. George, UT Valley, and West Valley.
A couple telemedicine funds are mentioned. 9 CA PPs are listed as “community clinics”: PP Golden Gate, PP Shasta Diablo, PP Los Angeles, PP Mar Monte, PP Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, Six Rivers PP, PP of OCSB, PP of San Diego & Riverside Counties, and PP of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties.
We continue to explore innovative ways to deliver medical services and enhance the overall experience of our patients, including telemedicine….
It’s 2009 Rural Women’s Health Report is chock full of telemed buzz phrases. Following is a snippet. On guard, MN pro-lifers:
The obstacles faced by health care providers and patients in rural areas are vastly different from those in urban areas. Economic factors… and the isolation of living in remote areas all impact rural residents’ ability to lead a healthy life.