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February 2019

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Cahaba Medical Care Harnesses Broadband Connectivity to Deliver 21st Century Community Healthcare

Deep in the rural roots of Centreville, Alabama, lies Cahaba Medical Care, an innovative and ground-breaking community health center that’s leveraging next-generation connectivity to rewrite what it means to deliver rural healthcare.

Utilizing TeleQuality’s WAN solution, TQ HealthNet, Cahaba is able to support a thriving network of 50+ providers spanning 10 locations across the central Alabama region and deliver thousands of patient visits, including broadband-enabled telemedicine sessions. Discover Cahaba's Story.

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HRSA Awards $11 Million to Increase Access to Critical Services at School-Based Health Centers

Earlier this month HRSA awarded $11 million in funding to 120 school-based health centers to increase access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services in school-based health centers. These funds can be used to improve existing school-based health center facilities through minor alteration and renovation activities and/or to purchase equipment, including telehealth equipment.

Congratulations to the six TeleQuality customers who received HRSA awards!

  • Quality of Life Health Services
  • Family Health Center
  • Las Clinicas del Norte
  • Vida Y Salud Health System
  • Community Care of West Virginia
  • Monroe County Health Center
Industry News

Lack of EHRs in Mental Health Care Makes it Hard to Integrate: Report

Fierce Healthcare (1/25/19) - Eli Richman

Mental health care providers face almost a completely different regulatory environment in this country than their clinical healthcare counterparts, which can make integrating the two points of care difficult. Read up on how the lack of EHRs is making it difficult to integrate care settings in this Fierce Healthcare article.

Healthcare Leaders See 4 Digital Technologies As Game Changers in 2019

HIT Infrastructure (1/29/19) - Fred Donovan

Healthcare leaders believe four digital technologies — artificial intelligence, big data analytics, mobile health, and wearables — will be game changers this year, according to Frost & Sullivan. Read details on their predictions for 2019 in this HIT Infrastructure article.

Telemedicine Extends Palliative Care to
the Outpatient Setting

mHealth Intelligence (2/11/19) - Eric Wicklund

Palliative care experts say a telemedicine platform
can help long-term care facilities and nursing homes improve care coordination and management for those dealing with life-limiting illnesses. Learn more about the benefits of applying telemedicine in palliative care settings with this piece by mHealth Intelligence.

Telehealth System Improves Referral Process for Pediatric Mental Health Specialty Services

2 Minute Medicine (2/15/19) - Kate Anderson and Cordelia Ross, MD, MS

Telehealth systems are yielding incredible results by improving the referral process for pediatric mental health specialty services compared to traditional phone-call referrals. Discover the study's findings in this 2 Minute Medicine article.

How Patients Really Want to Communicate With Doctors

Healthcare IT News (2/20/19) - Nathan Eddy

How are patients indicating they would prefer to communicate with doctors? The answers may or may not surprise you. Discover the latest trends in this Healthcare IT News article.

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Customer Announcements

Customers in the News

Mainline Health Systems Official Opens Clinic
Mainline Health Systems

Eagle View Awarded $1.3M Grant
Eagle View Community Health System

Funding Deadlines

USDA Community Facilities Programs

Essential community infrastructure is key in ensuring that rural areas enjoy the same basic quality of life and services enjoyed by those in urban areas. Community Facilities Programs offer direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop or improve essential public services and facilities in communities across rural America. These amenities help increase the competitiveness of rural communities in attracting and retaining businesses that provide employment and services for their residents.

There are a variety of USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Programs open for
applications right now! Learn more about each program by clicking on the links below:

Community Facilities Direct Loans & Grants
Community Facilities Loan Guarantees
Community Facilities Relending Program
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
Economic Impact Initiative Grants
Rural Community Development Initiative Grants
Tribal College Initiative Grants

USF Rural Health Care Program

Here is the latest RHC Circuit, USAC's newsletter to keep health care providers (HCPs) and service providers up-to-date about Rural Health Care (RHC) Program news, events, and best practices.

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