USDA Grant to Improve Hawaii Telemedicine Services in Rural Areas
The Hawaii Health System Corporation, the state agency that runs 12 public hospitals, has received a $372,650 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve telemedicine services in rural communities, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports. With the funding, awarded as part of the USDA's Rural Utilities Service, HHSC will add new rural health agencies to its existing Rural Telemedicine Network. The expanded system is designed to increase telemedicine access to emergency and nonemergency consultation services and is expected to be in place by July 1, 2003. The HHSC also plans use the funds to bring new providers, rural residents and rural education professionals into the network (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 8/12).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.