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The University of Hawaii will receive $ 320,000 to launch a pilot telehealth project

Photo courtesy of the UH JABSOM website.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai'i received $ 320,535 for its telehealth pilot project, according to an announcement by US Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii ' i).

The JABSOM telehealth project connects patients with healthcare providers through video visits and provides remote treatment for a variety of conditions, including mental health, opiate dependence, chronic conditions, and maternal health.

“JABSOM has put together an impressive project that uses telehealth to help connect Hawaii patients with healthcare providers. This new funding will help launch the project and give more people the care they need, ”said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

This money was awarded through the Federal Communications Commission's Connected Care Pilot Program. The program provides up to $ 100 million from the Universal Service Fund over a three-year period to selected applicants to support the provision of connected care services, especially for low-income and veteran patients.

The JABSOM pilot project will serve approximately 1,000 patients, most of whom are veterans or low-income, and will have a particular focus on patients in rural areas, low-income areas and areas of healthcare shortage. JABSOM will partner with the University of Hawai'i Pacific Rim Telehealth Resource Center and the Pacific / Hawai'i Area Health Education Center to provide digital literacy support for participating patients.


The FCC selected the JABSOM pilot project because it focuses on expanding access to care and addressing broadband access issues for low-income veterans and vulnerable patient populations.


Schatz has led efforts in the Senate to expand the use of telehealth services. Last month, he reintroduced the CONNECT for Health Act, the most comprehensive bipartisan telehealth bill in Congress. Since its first iteration in 2016, several provisions of the Schatz bill have been signed into law.

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