USDA awards $30M for telemedicine projects

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide 34 states and one territory with funds from its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program for the purpose of improving access to healthcare and education, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced.

The DLT program is part of the USDA's Rural Development division and will provide a total of $30.2 million to projects that support its mission.

According to a Dec. 8 statement, 100 distance learning and telemedicine projects will receive funding. Two of the healthcare projects that the grants will fund include the Maine Sea Coast Missionary Society’s efforts to install video equipment in an off-shore ship’s medical examining room and the Wilburton, Okla.-based Kiamichi Technology Center’s efforts to train emergency medical technicians.

For a full list of grantees, look here