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Exploring the Interrelationship between State Networks and Healthcare Network Systems
February 13, 2008
Established a pilot program to examine how the rural health care (RHC) funding mechanism can be used to enhance public and non-profit health care providers’ access to advanced telecommunications and information services.
The pilot program provides funding to support the cost of connecting the state or regional networks to an advanced network.
By connecting to this dedicated national backbone, health care providers at the state and local levels will have the opportunity to benefit from advanced applications in continuing education and research.
This program provides funding for 85% of an applicant’s costs to deploy a dedicated broadband network, including necessary network design studies, the costs of advanced telecommunications and information services that will ride over this network.
Does not fundmembership fees (I2, NLR or connector) or project management fees.
A broadband network that connects multiple health care providers would bring the benefits of innovative telehealth and, in particular, telemedicine services to those areas of the county where the need for those benefits is most acute.
Telehealth applications allow patients to access critically needed medical specialists in a variety of practices, including cardiology, pediatrics, and radiology, without leaving their homes or their communities.
Linking statewide and regional networks to a nationwide backbone would connect a number of government research institutions, as well as academic, public, and private health care institutions that are repositories of medical expertise and information.
Intensive care doctors and nurses can monitor critically ill patients at multiple locations around the clock.
Health care providers would also benefit from advanced applications in continuing education and research.
A nationwide network would enhance the health care community’s ability to provide a rapid and coordinated response in the event of a national crisis.
FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program and Community Development
Representing 6,800 Health care facilities
43 States and three U.S. Territories
69 Applications were selected to to be funded
Covering 42 States and three US Territories
Approved Applicants are eligible up to 85% support of their costs by USAC
Funding window is FY 2007 thru FY 2009
Total Funding Approximately $417M
Ohio Received Approximately $27M or 6.5%
Holzer Consolidated Health System. Awarded $1.8M over three years. Counties impacted Jackson and Gallia.
Northeast Ohio Regional Health Information Organization. Awarded $11.3M over three years. Counties impacted Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark, Portage, Mahoning, Lorain, Huron, Erie, Sandusky, Seneca, Ashland, Wayne, Stark, Holmes, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Trumbull, Geauga, Lake and Medina.
Southern Ohio Healthcare Network. Awarded $13.9M over three years. Counties impacted Adams, Athens, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington
Designed to provide broadband connectivity to all healthcare providers in a local area. May also serve as anchor tenant to drive broadband expansion for entire community.
Designed to provide broadband connectivity to all the community based healthcare providers in the state. Utilizes the state network to promote efficiency by using existing technology and cost effectiveness by avoiding duplication of network facilities.
Designed to provide broadband connectivity to national healthcare network. Utilizes existing national network infrastructure to optimize network costs.
Meet with the recipients of the FCC Grants to determine their interest in lowering costs through broader community participation.
Determine and meet with the community leaders interested in collaborating on the development of a community broadband plan.
Develop a joint meeting between the Awardees' and the community leaders to: formulate plans to achieve their goals.
Identify partnering opportunities in the community to participate in broadband services beyond healthcare.
State and Local Government entities
Business and Industry
Determine the aggregate demand for services to and locations to facilitate vendor negotiations.
Identify service providers through RFP or State contracts to acquire affordable services.
Ensure the community is taking full advantage of existing network facilities where possible.
If the counties identified in the FCC Pilot Project are successful in partnering with their communities to expand affordable broadband services the impact would be:
37 additional counties in the State would be able to aggregate demand for services to generate lower prices for the community at large.
Proportional cost would be allocated to ensure the integrity of the FCC Pilot Project and that only eligible entities would be reimbursed for their costs.
Promotes the inclusion of For-Profit healthcare and community entities to participate in the program, at a more affordable cost.
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