Last updated 4:33PM ET
October 23, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Grants help fund broadband for healthcare in rural Ohio
(2007-11-23)
Zack Space
(WOUB) - More than $25 million in grants is heading to rural Ohio to help develop high speed broadband internet access in hopes of bolstering the region's telemedicine.

The Southern Ohio Heathcare Network will receive nearly $14 million to build 315 miles of fiber optics to provide about 60 different facilities with telemedicine, education, and connection to emergency systems.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Health Information Organization is getting more than $11 million dollars to connect 19 facilities in 22 counties in Eastern and Northeastern Ohio.

And Holzer Health System based in Jackson was awarded nearly $2 million.

High speed internet access is used in medicine to allow for remote patient record sharing, diagnosing, and consultations.

It can be helpful in providing improved healthcare to remote and underserved rural areas.

The money comes from the Federal Communications Commission and the Rural Health Care Pilot Program and was announced by Southeast Ohio Congressman Zack Space.

Space has continually called for 100 percent broadband access for rural Ohio.
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