The University of Virginia (UVA) Center for Telehealth in Charlottesville, was awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center. UVA, in partnership with telehealth networks across the region, will link rural and urban healthcare providers to expand telehealth capabilities.
The resource center will bring together providers in the District of Columbia and six states: Virginia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.
Through UVA’s telemedicine network, patients receive care provided by UVA physicians and other healthcare professionals in more than 40 subspecialties. The UVA telemedicine network includes more than 85 locations across Virginia.
Last year, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill into law requiring insurance companies to cover clinical services provided through telemedicine. Virginia is the only state in the mid-Atlantic region that mandates insurance coverage for telemedicine, according to UVA.
UVA stated it expects to launch the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center in early October.