- Written by Patricia King Patricia King
- Category: Telehealth Telehealth
- Published: 11 May 2020 11 May 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act authorized $200 million in grants for telehealth. On April 2, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, and invited applications from nonprofit health care entities to fund Telehealth services. As health care providers deal with rapidly expanding numbers of COVID-19 patients, telehealth can help to:
- Provide remote assistance to patients who worry that they may have COVID-19 and need advice on whether to get tested, stay at home or seek care
- Connect hospitalized COVID-19 patients with their families
- Allow remote monitoring of COVID-19 patients, and of other patients with chronic health conditions
- Allow patients other than COVID-19 patients to receive care remotely while avoiding exposure to COVID-19.