Sunday, September 18, 2011

HRSA Awards Grant to UVA

To help patients, the University of Virginia’s Center for Telehealth is going to collaborate with a coalition of healthcare providers to expand telemedicine services via a grant from HRSA. In September, the Center was awarded nearly $1 million from HRSA to create the “Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center”.

Starting in October, UVA in partnership with telehealth networks across the region will link rural and urban healthcare providers to expand telehealth capabilities and expertise. Through UVA’s telemedicine network, patients now receive care provided by UVA physicians and other health professionals in more than 40 subspecialties with more than 85 locations across the state.

“We are delighted that HRSA has provided us with this opportunity to share models of care provided via telehealth with our partners across the Mid-Atlantic region”, said Karen Rheuban, MD, Director of UVA’s Center for Telehealth.

Last year, Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law a bill requiring insurance companies to cover clinical services provided through telemedicine which means that the state is the only state in the Mid-Atlantic region that mandates insurance coverage for telemedicine

“While telemedicine provides many benefits to rural communities David Cattell-Gordon, Director of UVA’s Office of Telemedicine, says patients living in urban areas such as the District of Columbia are also positively impacted by advanced technologies.