By Daily Record Staff
May 21, 2020
Kennedy Krieger Institute received a grant of $994,950 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand and improve access to its telehealth services, officials announced Monday.
Kennedy Krieger will use the funds to expand and build on its prior telehealth delivery experience with military and other families to allow it to continue to deliver its patient care and remote patient monitoring services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond.
Specifically, the funds will allow Kennedy Krieger to address the disparities in access to telehealth services for vulnerable and high-risk children, adolescents and adults with disabilities that many of its patients face, which can be attributed to a lack of sufficient connectivity services and limited access to current technology. This expansion will allow these families access to a wide range of health care services and interface with their Kennedy Krieger clinical providers via secure, two-way video sessions.
As the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent, Kennedy Krieger’s telehealth team immediately activated to expand and customize their telehealth delivery solutions to ensure continuity of care for the Institute’s patients and students — many with unique and medically complex conditions. Since March 15, Kennedy Krieger has supported an average of more than 1,000 telehealth appointments per day.
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