OHIO, Ohio (AP) A telehealth program in Ohio that provides telehealth services to low-income people in rural areas may soon be able to receive federal grants.
The federal government will give OHIO the first $10 million in grants to help the state develop the state’s first telehealth agency, the state said Friday.
The Ohio Health Telecommunications Program has already received $7.5 million in federal funds.
The state hopes to start accepting applications for grants by July 1.
OhioHealth President Dan Loeffler said the telehealth programs in the Midwest and South are the most effective programs for expanding access to telehealth and for the state to have the most qualified people for its telehealth workforce.
The telehealth grants are aimed at expanding access and developing services for OHIO’s underserved population, he said.
Telehealth is a term that includes any type of health care service provided by a person who is not insured or paid for by a government or private entity.
Tele health is a broad term covering any health care-related service, such as home health care, dental services, prescription medication management and more.
Telephone service is provided by telehealth agencies that operate within rural areas and provide basic services such as a telephone hotline, and can also include more complex services, such with telemedicine.
TeleHealth grants are typically awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health programs.
The agency oversees the telepharmacy programs, but it has also been known to award grants to other entities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The grant would allow the state and OHIO to start the program.
The state’s telehealth board has been tasked with developing an application for grants, which it will then review and review again and again until it determines the program has the best possible approach to telepharma, said Stephanie Dauch, a spokeswoman for OHIEAP.
The OHIOHealth Telehealth Program is a partnership between OHIO and the Department of Health and Human Services, with funding from the National Health Service Corps.
The program is managed by OHIEAAP.
Ohio officials are hoping the telehosp grants will help build a national network of telehealth-focused health care providers.
Telepharma is a technology that helps connect health care professionals to patients by connecting their computers and mobile devices.
Telehealth providers use telemediale technology to deliver health care to rural populations.
The program has received millions of dollars in federal grants, including $7 million from the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services and $4 million from Medicare.
The OHIO Health Telehealth Project, which includes OHIEAHAP and the state, is working on building the network.OHIEAH AP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding access, empowering and connecting communities to telemedia, and providing health care services to underserved populations through telehealth.