Web posted Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Federal grant aids telemedicine efforts


ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded distance learning and telemedicine grants to two Alaska health organizations.

The agency's Rural Utilities Service sent a $500,000 grant to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The consortium provides direct telemedicine services to 165 rural and remote communities.

The money will be used to augment existing telemedicine infrastructure, especially in the areas of ear and respiratory diseases.

The Health TV Channel of Anchorage also will receive a $500,000 grant.

The money will be used to acquire instructional programming and production equipment.

The Health TV Channel is working with the Community Health Aid Program, which has 88 health aides in rural villages.

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