TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute is one of four entities that will get part of a $3.9 million grant over three years for providing telemedicine to underserved rural areas.
The grants will focus on rural children living in poverty and their families. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the money is coming from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Rural Health Policy.
HHS estimates that 1.5 million children and 4.5 million adults who live in rural areas have income below the poverty line. It says the poverty rate is 20 percent or higher in more than 300 rural counties.
Telemedicine refers to consulting with a doctor or other health care providers through electronic means such as a web chat.
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