The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded grants totaling $5.3 million for information technology training and expanded use of telehealth in rural areas.

About $4.4 million will go to organizations in 15 states to develop rural HIT training programs targeting current health care staff, local unemployed workers and veterans. Another $900,000 in total was awarded to the States of Alaska, Maine and Montana to offer crisis intervention services to rural veterans through telehealth technology. Each state received $300,000.

The organizations receiving HIT training grants averaging close to $300,000 are: Regional Health Care Network, Childersburg, AL; Livingston (CA) Community Health Services; Valley Citizens Foundation for Health Care, Del Norte, CO; Florida Department of Education in Madison; Indiana Rural Health Association in Linton, Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization in West Liberty; and Lac Qui Parle Health Network Hospital Services Cooperative in Madison, MN.

Also: Montana State University in Bozeman; McDowell Technical Community College in Marion, NC; Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization in Watertown, NY; Pennsylvania Mountains Healthcare Alliance in Du Bois; Horizon Health Care in Howard, SD; AHEC of the Plains in Plainview, TX; Virginia Community College in Big Stone Gap, VA; and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore.

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