TTUHSC, Texas A&M Receive Awards to Strengthen Rural Telehealth

Two Texas universities were among 36 award recipients nationwide that collectively received more than $19 million from the Biden-Harris administration to strengthen telehealth services in rural and underserved areas.

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) distributed the funds through four telehealth programs, aiming to both bolster telehealth in those low-access areas and “expand telehealth innovation and quality nationwide.”

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center received $325,000 through the Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) program, which provides “information, assistance, and education on telehealth to organizations and individuals who are actively providing or want to provide telehealth services to patients,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said  in a release.

The TRC program awarded a total of $4.55 million to 12 regional and two national Telehealth Resource Centers, each of which “will offer a wide range of assistance targeted to local community needs.”

Texas A&M University received just under $350,000 through the Evidence-Based Direct to Consumer Telehealth Network Program. That initiative awarded 11 organizations about $3.85 million “to help health networks increase access to telehealth services and to assess the effectiveness of telehealth care for patients, providers, and payers,” HHS said.

The other two telehealth programs through which HRSA issued awards are the Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program, which awarded $4.28 million to nine organizations, and the Telehealth Centers of Excellence program, which distributed $6.5 million to two entities.

Last Updated On

August 23, 2021

Originally Published On

August 23, 2021