Indiana Telehealth Network
Who We Are
The Indiana Rural Health Association is the lead entity for the Indiana Telehealth Network (ITN). The ITN is one of around 50 Rural Health Care Pilot Programs around the nation.
As of September 5, 2014 the Request for Proposal is live and the ITN is accepting bids for the first round of funding. Click here for more information. Please contact Ally Orwig at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 812-478-3919 ext. 235 to join the ITN.
The mission of the ITN is to improve the health and well-being of Indiana residents, particularly those in rural areas, through the utilization of a dedicated broadband health network to deliver telehealth applications including, but not limited to, telemedicine, health information exchange, distance education and training, public health surveillance, emergency preparedness, and trauma system development.
Funding for the Indiana Telehealth Network will be made available through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Rural Health Care Pilot Program. The program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The Indiana Telehealth Network filed a grant application with the FCC in May of 2007. The application estimated costs of building a 100 megabit fiber network to the 35 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) throughout the state of Indiana. In November of 2007, their application for $16,138,270 was approved. These funds represent 85% of the total cost of building the network. The remaining 15% will be matched through state and local contributions. Per the FCC Order, FCC 07-198, funding provided under the Pilot Program will be used to support the costs of constructing dedicated broadband networks to connect health care providers.
Beginning in summer of 2013, the IRHA began pursuing designation as a consortium leader for the FCC's Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) through the HCF Order FCC 12-150. This program is also administered by USAC and provides a 65% subsidy for health care providers to construct and connect to broadband service.
Our Steering Committee
The Indiana Telehealth Network formed a Steering Committee (FCC Steering Committee), which is made up of representatives from healthcare providers, telecommunication companies, representatives from the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs (OCRA), and representatives from the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA).
812-478-3919, ext. 235