Nevada receives rural telemedicine funding

Nevada receives rural telemedicine funding
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CARSON CITY–Nevada officials last week said the state will receive $244,000 to help fund rural distance learning and telemedicine. The award was announced Friday by Acting State Director Jim Park of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office, which is investing the funds.

The funds are intended to support programs “to increase access to education, training and health care resources that are otherwise limited or unavailable,” officials said in a statement.

The majority of the funds–$177,644—will go to BHC Health Services of Nevada to be used for psychology and psychiatry services via telemedicine for residents in Battle Mountain, Ely, Hawthorne, Lovelock, Panaca and Yerington. The project is expected to reach seven rural health clinics and serve 5,000 patients.

The second funded project is the purchase of telemedicine equipment for DVH Hospital Alliance to expand rural healthcare services. Desert View Hospital in Pahrump received $66,355 and has partnered with two rural southwest Nevada communities and will provide telemedicine services to about 20,000 people living in Nye County.

Source: USDA