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Blog // Connect Michigan

USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

By Eric Frederick

 The USDA is making $19 million available to rural areas seeking to expand distance learning opportunities and telemedicine. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program gives schools, government groups, non-profits, businesses, and others the opportunity to obtain equipment and instruction that can benefit local students, teachers, doctors, and, most importantly, the community.  Nearly one fifth of America’s population resides in rural areas, as classified by the U.S. Census Bureau. These nearly 59.5 million people are spread over more than 90% of the nation’s land area, making it exceedingly difficult to concentrate...

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Veterans may soon see telehealth co-pays eliminated and access enhanced

By Wil Payton

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its regulations to exempt in-home video telehealth care from having any required copayment. This would remove a barrier to choosing in-home video telehealth as a viable medical care option. The VA hopes to make the home a preferred place of care for veterans, whenever medically appropriate and possible. Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. Telehealth could be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone or as sophisticated as doing robotic surgery between facilities at different...

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Michigan House Approves Telemedicine Bills Promoting the Use of Information Technology

By Wil Payton

Doctors and patients will be covered by insurance if they use a high-tech process of diagnosing and treating medical issues under legislation unanimously approved today by the House. 
 HB 5408 and HB 5421, sponsored by Reps. Gail HAINES (R-Waterford) and Matt LORI (R-Constantine) allow the use of telemedicine for medical diagnosis, care and education. Telemedicine uses information technology such as transmission of medical imaging and health informatics data between sites to communicate between patients and medical staff. Extracted from a news release from Michigan House Republicans, via the River County Journal, are the following comments...

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