Community health center to use $1.1 million FCC grant for remote patient monitoring

The Community Health Center is located at 675 Main Street in Middletown.

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MIDDLETOWN — The Federal Communications Commission recently awarded the Middletown-based company Community health center $1,093,398 to provide remote patient monitoring and video consultations for low-income patients and veterans with complex chronic conditions.

These include hypertension, mental health disorders, obesity, opioid addiction and HIV, according to a press release. The agency intends to use the funds to treat about 15,000 patients in Connecticut.

This program will build on CHC’s leadership in telehealth during the pandemic, including work supported by a recent award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, to increase access to healthcare and improve the quality of virtual care for underserved patients, according to the press release.

The FCC funding is part of its Connected Care Pilot Program to help defray the costs of providing certain telehealth services to eligible healthcare providers.

CHC was among 16 organizations nationally approved for total funding of $29,752,601 in this round of connected care pilot program projects.

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