The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will award nearly $1 million in funding over the next three years to the Indiana Rural Health Association.
Program Director of the Terre Haute-based group Becky Sanders says the majority of the funding will go to hire additional personnel for the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center.
“We found out near the end of August that we would start…actually, that we would renew our program for another three years beginning on September 1, 2017,” Sanders says.
The Center specializes in providing telecommunications-based resources and best practices recommendations to healthcare providers and patients in rural areas across Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
Sanders says the funding will also help the agency facilitate increased demand for its services seen across the first half of 2017.
“During that timeframe the number of presentations that we have given and the number of calls or technical assistance requests that we have responded to have almost doubled over the previous six months,” Sanders says.
The Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center is the largest of 12 such regional centers under the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, itself a part of the Health Resources & Services Administration.