July 1, 2020

Young Praises $5 Million in Telehealth Support for Indiana Health Care Providers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today announced that 14 different Hoosier health care providers have received over $5 million in dedicated telehealth funding since April. This funding comes from the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program established by Congress and these dollars will help connect patients to their doctors from the comfort and safety of their homes.


“Telehealth will allow us to leverage the latest technology to serve more Hoosiers, lower costs, and provide better outcomes,” said Senator Young. “That’s why I was proud to support this dedicated telehealth funding in the CARES Act and I will continue to advocate for even more funding for Indiana.”


Full List of Recipients:


Cummins Behavioral Health System, in Avon, Indiana, was awarded $226,016 for laptop computers, videoconferencing equipment, and broadband subscriptions to increase the capability and volume of telehealth services provided to high risk populations impacted by COVID-19 with virtual outpatient treatment in five counties in Central and West Central Indiana.


Hancock Regional Hospital, in Greenfield, Indiana, was awarded $409,984 for laptop computers, mobile hotspots, telemedicine carts, desktop computers, tablets, remote patient monitoring equipment, a telehealth platform, videoconferencing equipment, network upgrades, and telecommunications equipment to expand the COVID-19 triage testing facility, to treat high-risk patients with virtual visits, and to support family electronic visitation to keep unnecessary visitors out of the hospital.


Margaret Mary Community Hospital, in Batesville, Indiana, was awarded $140,357 for remote patient monitoring equipment and a platform, videoconferencing equipment, tablets, mobile hotspots, telemedicine carts, and network upgrades to connect physicians and patients for remote medical exams, including lung exams to assess COVID-19, and to continue remote monitoring of COVID-19 patients to evaluate symptoms.


Parkview Hospital, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was awarded $891,276 for a telehealth platform subscription, remote monitoring equipment, videoconferencing equipment and software, tablets, laptop computers, desktop computers, network upgrades, and telecommunications equipment to help expand the capacity for remote care and monitoring of patient conditions, including in rural areas where patients will be able to use the equipment and telehealth platform to connect with a specialist at the Regional Medical Center, and to implement a digital hub environment for a central patient monitoring location.


Greene County General Hospital, in Linton, Indiana, was awarded $60,480 to expand its mobile telehealth capacity to ensure continued care to its patients, including its senior patient population, that have been displaced by the emergency COVID-19 response within its current facilities.


Windrose Health Network, in Greenwood, Indiana, was awarded $223,720 for laptops, telehealth equipment, and other network improvements to enable distanced patient treatment for acute care appointments as well as medically appropriate chronic disease follow-up appointments to avoid spread of the COVID-19 virus.


Franciscan Health Indianapolis, in Indianapolis, Indiana, was awarded $929,834 for laptops, tablets, remote monitoring devices, and a remote monitoring platform, as well as other telehealth equipment, to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms or confirmed cases and, by using telehealth and virtual care technology. to assess patients who are symptomatic or believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 without requiring the patient to leave his or her home.


Purdue University Fort Wayne Community Counseling Center, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was awarded $34,982 for connected devices, mobile hotspots, and other telehealth equipment to provide mental health counseling to community adults, adolescents, children and families with mental health disorders and conditions using telehealth.


Memorial Hospital, in Logansport, Indiana, was awarded $103,457 for laptop computers, tablets, web cameras, and telehealth software licenses to enable patients to interact with health care providers remotely and decrease the necessity for physical visits to the hospital and health care providers to consult with and remotely monitor a COVID-19 patient without physically coming in contact.


Community Hospital North, in Indianapolis, Indiana, was awarded $872,363 for telehealth platform subscriptions, laptop computers, tablets, and videoconferencing equipment and licenses to equip new, separate COVID-19 facilities with the full suite of monitoring technology available throughout the rest of the hospital and to facilitate real-time remote video communications between patients and clinicians.


Meridian Health Services, in Muncie, Indiana, was awarded $240,669 for telemedicine carts, remote diagnostic equipment, and a telehealth platform subscription to provide acute and preventive care to patients remotely by screening, diagnosing, and treating while patients are in their homes.


10th Street Clinic, in Richmond, Indiana, was awarded $152,931 for laptop computers and remote monitoring equipment to track the weight, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, glucose, and body temperature of high-risk patients at home to avoid having to come to the clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Community Mental Health Center, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, was awarded $65,142 for laptop computers, videoconferencing software, and network upgrades to maintain continuity of behavioral health care to existing and new patients by staff working remotely with patients.


Decatur County Memorial Hospital, in Greensburg, Indiana, was awarded $698,603 for remote patient monitoring equipment, a patient telehealth platform, network upgrades, tablets, and mobile hotspots to provide a variety of telehealth options, including remote patient visits to reach a wide range of patients, rehabilitation assessments using telehealth for physical, occupational and speech therapies, behavioral health services for seniors in individual and group sessions, and continuous remote monitoring of patients stable enough to be cared for in the home setting but showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection.