Telehealth has the potential to expand access to quality care in rural communities. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has been making strategic investments in support of telehealth through its Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT). These investments focus on expanding access to, coordinating, and improving the quality of health care services; improving and expanding the training of health care providers; and expanding and improving the quality of health information available to health care providers, and patients and their families, for decision-making.
The Georgia Health Policy Center, in partnership with CSI Solutions, is supporting HRSA by providing technical assistance to grantees of OAT’s Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) and Evidenced-Based Telehealth Network Program (EB TNP). Grantees, that include Federally Qualified Health Centers, regional health systems, and university medical centers, are implementing rural tele-emergency services (TNGP) and direct-to-consumer telehealth initiatives (EB TNP). Both of these OAT-funded telehealth grant programs focus on a variety of services that include primary and acute care, behavioral health, stroke, and maternal child health. Technical assistance is focused on supporting the implementation of grant-funded services and the development of telehealth networks by building structured collaborations that address common issues such as, data sharing, competition, funding diversification, and long-term sustainability.