UF Health Awarded $1 Million Grant to Provide Pediatric Telehealth Services to Underserved Patients (UF Health Newsroom)

UF Health Awarded $1 Million Grant to Provide Pediatric Telehealth Services to Underserved Patients

The University of Florida College of Medicine’s department of pediatrics has been awarded a nearly $1 million federal grant to expand telemedicine services and equipment among underserved and vulnerable populations.

The $967,957 award from the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program will be used to acquire an array of monitoring and diagnostic equipment, including tablet and laptop computers as well as Wi-Fi access points. It will also be used for specialized home monitoring equipment such as internet-connected stethoscopes, electrocardiogram equipment for heart monitoring, blood pressure cuffs, continuous blood-glucose monitors, and otoscopes for ear, nose and throat evaluation.

“This will enable all pediatric specialties to reach patients who cannot visit our practices and who have not had access to our providers previously through telemedicine,” said Desmond Schatz, M.D., interim chair of the UF College of Medicine’s department of pediatrics — part of UF Health, the university’s academic health center — and interim physician-in-chief of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Learn more about UF Health Awarded $1 Million Grant to Provide Pediatric Telehealth Services to Underserved Patients.
X