The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it will begin accepting applications on April 29 at noon for a second round of funding for its COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was created through the CARES Act to expand access to telehealth. Applicants will have seven days, until noon on May 6, to submit applications to www.fcc.gov/covid19telehealth. A total of $249.95 million is available for award.
Interested applicants are encouraged to review the FCC Application Process Guidance (see Appendix C). Examples of eligible services and connected devices that could be funded include voice and Internet connectivity services for health care providers or their patients; remote patient monitoring platforms and services; patient reported outcome platforms; store and forward services such as asynchronous transfer of patient images and data for interpretation by a physician; platforms and services to provide synchronous video consultation; cost of connected devices such as tablets, smart phones, or connected devices like broadband, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure monitors; pulse-oximeters for patient or health care provider use; and telemedicine kiosks/carts for health care provider site.