November 30, 2007
The University of Virginia's Office of Telemedicine is getting some big help from the federal government.
The federal communications commission has announced that the department will receive $2.7 million dollars in funding under a three-year national initiative.
It's called the Rural Health Care Pilot Program.
With the money, UVA will be able to get high-speed Internet networks that link their facilities to medical providers in remote areas of the state.
"It's going to enable us to take that next step forward...to be able to reach out to more communities to help them not just with stroke patients but with day to day telemedicine encounters," said Dr. Eugene Sullivan, director of the Office of Telemedicine.
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