HRSA is seeking applications for the “Evidence-Based Tele-Emergency Network Grant Program” (EB TNGP) to support broad telehealth networks capable of delivering 24/7 Emergency Department consultation services via telehealth to rural providers without the availability of emergency care specialists. The estimated total program funding is $1,600,000 for four awards.
The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) HRSA-14-138 announced May 16th services includes assessing patients upon admission to the ED, interpretation of patient symptoms and clinical tests or data, supervising providers administering treatment or pharmaceuticals, or the coordination of patient transfer out of the local ED. The deadline for applications is June 19, 2014.
While the EB TNGP emphasizes expanding access to needed services for rural patients, the FOA primarily seeks through systematic data collection and analysis to establish an evidence-base assessing the effectiveness of tele-emergency care for patients, providers, and payers.
The primary purpose of the EB TNGP is to support a range of tele-emergency care programs that will allow for the analysis of a significant volume of patient encounters to allow for detailed study and analysis of patient outcomes in rural areas.
Eligible applicants can include rural or urban nonprofit entities that will provide tele-emergency services through a telehealth network. Network members may be public, nonprofit, or for-profit entities. The bulk of the services must be provided to rural communities although the applicant, and/or destination site may be located in an urban area.