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  • Starts with a welcome surprise in the President’s 2010 budget & continued in 2011- directing us to take part in a “Improve Rural Health Care Initiative.” Did not know this was coming … with it found out we were level funded for first time in almost a decade This was a welcome change -seven straight years of getting zeroed out Working with Office of Management and Budget to implement vision Key elements- partnerships/collaboration, workforce- R &R, infrastructure Emphasis on using evidence-based practice across our programs, Identification of successful models Outreach and coordination with HRSA’s telehealth programs Have to be realistic … we have a budget of $168 m a year Best way to use these funds- Believe that our programs should be seen as a test bed, a laboratory for good rural ideas that can then be shared broadly This initiative can help point us in that direction.


  • 1. Teleconnect for Better Health Georgia Partnership for Telehealth Sherilyn Pruitt, MPH U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Rural Health Policy Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
  • 2. Overview
    • ORHP Overview
    • Office for the Advancement of Telehealth
    • HRSA Telehealth Activities
    • Other Federal Telehealth Activities
    • Resources
  • 3. ORHP
    • Quick Background
      • Part of HRSA & DHHS
      • Policy and Program Role
      • Review Regulations
      • Administer Grant Programs
  • 4. ORHP Structure Office for the Advancement of Telehealth Administrative Policy Research Team Hospital State Division Border Health Division Community Based Division ORHP
  • 5.  
  • 6. Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT)
    • New Addition to ORHP…
      • Telehealth Network Grants
      • Telehealth Resource Centers
      • Licensure Portability Grant
      • Program
  • 7.
    • OAT Funding History
    Fiscal Year Funding Level 2006 $6.8 million 2007 $6.8 million 2008 $6.7 million 2009 $7.5 million 2009 Recovery Act $1.0 million 2010 $11.6 million
  • 8. & Telehealth Resource Center Grantees 0
  • 9.
  • 10. OAT Staff
  • 11. Other HRSA Telehealth Activities
    • Office of Health Information Technology & Quality
    • Bureau of Primary Health Care HIT Branch
    • National Health Service Corps
    • Maternal and Child Health Bureau
  • 12. What is Going on in Washington?
  • 13. “ Within the total amount requested for Rural Health activities, the Budget includes $79 million to continue the President’s initiative to improve rural health. The goal of this initiative is to improve the access to and quality of health care in rural areas.
  • 14. The Improving Rural Health Initiative: Key Elements
    • Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention
    • Building a Programmatic “Evidence-Base”
    • Telehealth/HIT Coordination
    • Cross Governmental Collaboration
  • 15. Federal Collaboration on Telehealth
    • President’s Council of Advisors on
    • Science and Technology
    • M-Health Work Group
    • DHHS Rural HIT Taskforce
    • Joint Working Group on Telehealth
  • 16. Additional Federal Investments in Telehealth
    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
    • US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Distance Learning & Telemedicine Program (DLT)
    • Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)
    • Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Office of Telehealth Services (OTS)
  • 17. Other Federal HIT Activities
    • Text-4-Baby
    • ONC and Meaningful Use
    • CMS Innovation
  • 18. Key Websites
    • HRSA -
    • ORHP -
    • OAT –
    • Telehealth Resource Centers –
    • Text4Baby -
    • ONC -
    • CMS Innovation -
    • PCAST -
    • pcast/about
    • FCC USAC -
    • USDA -
    • TATRC -
    • VHA -
  • 19. Contact Sherilyn Pruitt, Director Office for the Advancement of Telehealth Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA [email_address] 301-594-0819