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Nonprofit receives federal funding for telehealth

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Rocky Mount’s Opportunities Industrialization Center has received federal funding for telehealth programs for use during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau approved funding for the OIC along with 25 other applicants to the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

The OIC’s Family Medical Center was awarded $27,468 to expand its remote patient care program to provide connected devices to patients infected by COVID-19 or high-risk patients suffering from chronic conditions, said FCC spokeswoman Katie Gorscak.

Health care providers in both urban and rural areas of the country will use $11.19 million in funding to provide telehealth services. To date, the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was authorized by the CARES Act, has funded 56 health care providers in 23 states for a total of $24.9 million in funding, Gorscak said.

Other recipients are in California, Ohio, Texas and other states. The OIC was the only North Carolina organization to receive funding in this round of application approval.