FCC Looking for More Providers to Subsidize

More than a year after the Federal Communications Commission created the $400 million annual Healthcare Connect Fund to create and expand telemedicine networks nationwide, the FCC is struggling to attract providers to take advantage of the broadband subsidy. Matthew Quinn, the FCC's Director of Healthcare Initiatives, told a HIMSS14 audience that the fund is "underutilized" despite the commission's efforts to simplify the application process. According to an FCC spokesman, the program disbursed $159 million in 2013.

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