FCC Approves Seventh Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications - NY State COVID-19 Guidance: Week in Review

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved its seventh set of COVID-19 telehealth program applications, totaling $16.87 million for 43 providers. The FCC is approving applications on a rolling basis until it spends a total of $200 million. Since the first set of awards was announced on April 16, 2020, the FCC has spent $50.13 million to date for 132 providers.

Below are the recent awards for New York organizations.

BronxCare Health System, in Bronx, New York, was awarded $539,797 for connected devices, video equipment, and network upgrades to provide voice and video patient consultations as well as remote patient diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring in one of the areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

Eprine Community Services, in Brooklyn, New York, was awarded $86,386 for connected devices, laptops and other telehealth equipment to ensure patient access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding the use of telehealth, including telephone interaction and video-based evaluation and management health services.

Goodwill NYNJ Clinic, in New York, New York, was awarded $435,879 for connected devices, cellular data plans, and hotspots to allow patients and providers to interact via voice and video platforms, which will avoid the need for in-person meetings in an attempt to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, in Brooklyn, New York, was awarded $1,000,000 for telemedicine carts, connected devices, and remote monitoring devices to provide video consultations, remote treatment, and other home monitoring capabilities and follow-up for patients with COVID-19.

Saratoga Hospital Consortium, in Saratoga Springs, New York, was awarded $61,515 for connected devices, remote diagnosis and monitoring equipment, and other telehealth equipment to treat patients with COVID-19 infection and to expand telehealth to other patients with symptoms of COVID-19 infection, as well as those with chronic medical conditions.

Spectrum Human Services, in Orchard Park, New York, was awarded $463,866 for laptops and other connected devices to provide urgent medical care using telehealth resources, in order to divert unnecessary hospital presentations and reserve hospital-based services for individuals who need heightened levels of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urban Health Plan, in Bronx, New York, was awarded $873,202 for monitors and other telehealth equipment to deliver primary and specialty medical care using digital technology for patient assessment, diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, monitoring, prevention, and education to address illness or injury.

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