Last week, the FCC announced the opening of the Connected Care Pilot Program, which distributes $100 million in grants to health care providers to provide telehealth services to patients (see our September 14, 2020, e-Lert for more details). The program covers 85% of the eligible costs of broadband connectivity, network equipment, and information services necessary to provide the connected care services. Applications are due December 7, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Eligible non-profit or public health care providers located in rural and non-rural areas that fall within the categories in section 254(h)(7)(B) of the Telecommunications Act may apply for the program. Funds will be provided for:
- Patient broadband Internet access services, which includes new or upgraded broadband connections;
- Health care provider broadband data connections;
- Connected care information services; and
- Network equipment necessary to make a supported broadband service functional.
The program does not fund devices, including end-user connected devices; medical equipment; health care provider administrative costs; or personnel costs and other miscellaneous expenses. It also will not cover network deployment, the construction of networks between health care providers, or connectivity services between health care provider sites.
JSI can provide you with information to share with health care providers in your area who are interested in participating in the pilot program. If you have any questions about the program or would like JSI to assist your health care customers, please contact Terri DeLong in JSI’s Texas office at 512-338-0473 or Chresanthe Staurulakis in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.