Written by Duncan West
Update January, 2015: Blog post about proposal in State Senate to pay for direct provider to patient telehealth visits.
Original Post: Over the next three years Medical Information Network – North Sound (MIN-NS) will use an almost million dollar, federal grant to connect rural medical providers in the North Sound. The grant has $300,000 available from May 2014 through April 2015 and can be extended at $285,000 for each of the next two years.
The grant supports MIN-NS enriching the existing Health Information Exchange with integrated telehealth; and certified, secure email. We will also have funds to integrate the electronic medical records of independent rural providers in Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties. The grant focus is on providers who care for patients in rural areas.
Skagit Public Hospital District 2, Island Hospital in Anacortes, was the official grant applicant and recipient. Thanks to them for carrying this flag for MIN-NS and the entire North Sound. The grant is one of only 15 Rural Development Grants issued nationwide this year. This award follows a successful planning grant from the same agency issued to Island Hospital and MIN-NS several years ago.
Mark Quenneville, Executive Director of MIN-NS noted that “This grant is federal recognition of the work MIN-NS and our sponsors have accomplished in the care community and builds upon our successes to extend the network to do more for all the citizens of our medical service area."
Full Press Release available online here.
An abstract of the grant application can be found here.