If your organization is looking for ways to jump-start telehealth innovation, funding and grants may be the answer. Here’s what you should know before you apply.
Costs shouldn’t stand in the way of providing your patients with quality remote care services. Fortunately, in the aftermath of the pandemic, several government programs have provided telehealth grants to qualified organizations.
Numerous programs, including the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants, and other government funding initiatives. have proven pivotal in allowing providers to roll out remote care services to more patients — particularly the underserved and those most in need of safe, effective remote care and monitoring.
While private investment in telehealth has surged amid the transition to digital healthcare, many organizations need the boost provided by government grants to bring telehealth services to their patients.
HEALTH-TECH VENTURE FUNDING
REACHED RECORD LEVELS IN 2020
Source: The Research Triangle Region
Additionally, they determined that the weekly number of telehealth visits rose from 16,540 to 397,977 per week — a 23-fold increase — from the pre-COVID-19 period to the COVID-19 period.
Here’s what you should know about government telehealth funding opportunities — and how TytoCare can help your organization obtain the support it needs to expand remote care without expanding costs.
How Government Grants Can Accelerate Telehealth
Whether you’re looking to start a telehealth program or scale up an existing one, a government grant can serve as the bridge between your vision and the reality of effective remote care for your patients.
Securing that support can mean the difference between effectively navigating the new digital healthcare landscape, or struggling to catch up as the rest of the healthcare ecosystem embraces virtual care.
COVID-19 created an entirely new reality for telehealth, with weekly telehealth visits climbing 23-fold from pre-pandemic numbers and remote visits surging to account for over 30% of all outpatient visits. Even as the pandemic wanes, telehealth isn’t going anywhere: Longstanding regulatory barriers have fallen, patient and provider buy-in has reached unprecedented levels, and key industry players — including insurers — are preparing for a future in which remote care remains front-and-center.
To incentivize providers to expand access to remote care, policymakers have established a range of grant programs. TytoCare has helped more than 50 partner organizations obtain government grant funding for telehealth. We’ve empowered providers in non-profit hospitals, rural healthcare centers, senior care facilities, and school systems to conduct clinical-quality remote examinations for thousands of patients.
Tips for Applying for Government Telehealth Funding
Are you ready to elevate your telehealth program with government grants? Follow these best practices to increase your chances of receiving funding.
1. Define the goals of your telehealth program.
Be clear about how you intend to utilize funding — whether it’s to add new remote point-of-care locations, integrate new connected devices, or expand access to at-home care for vulnerable and underserved patients
2. Check application criteria.
Make sure your organization is eligible for funding. Some programs provide scoring criteria to help organizations understand how their applications will be evaluated. To increase your likelihood of receiving funding, tailor your grant application to any publicly-available scoring criteria
3. Research telehealth solutions.
Once you’ve determined your organization’s vision and purpose, examine the market landscape for telehealth solutions that can help you achieve your goals
Key factors to consider:
- Technological capabilities: A quality telehealth solution should go beyond basic phone or video calls. With TytoCare’s award-winning examination device, patients can examine their heart, lungs, ears, throat, skin, blood oxygen levels, and body temperature. TytoCare can also help providers diagnose and treat conditions including ear infections, sore throats, fever, cold and flu, allergies, pink eye, nausea, constipation, asthma, bronchitis, upper respiratory infections, bug bites, and common skin conditions, including contact dermatitis, rash, and diaper rash.
- User-friendliness: Telehealth devices should be easy for even non-clinical professionals to use. TytoCare’s AI-powered guidance technology makes it simple and intuitive for users to collect clinical-quality exam data through remote exams from the comfort of their own home.
- Continuity of care: Remote exams shouldn’t be one-offs. They must be part of an integrated approach that treats the whole patient. TytoCare’s platform effortlessly integrates with EMRs, ensuring seamless continuity of care across patient engagements.
4. Speak with a telehealth funding expert.
Stumped, eager for more information, or just don’t want to navigate the process alone? Consult with telehealth specialists and grant experts. They can share informative insights that will enable you to stand out in the competitive grant process, connect you to relevant funding opportunities, identify key components to include in your grant submissions, and even assist with your applications.
5. Apply with FDA-approved devices.
When applying for funding, be sure to mention the specific telehealth solution you plan to implement. Including FDA-approved devices with proven track records, clinical-grade examination and diagnostic capabilities, and mechanisms that ensure care continuity can boost your chances of securing funding.
|Grant Name||Grant Application Deadline||Grant Amount||Country||State|
|USDA Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants||Fall 2022||$45 million (2021)||United States||All States||Learn More|
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