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Essentia Health receives grant to expand telehealth services

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems across the country have had to adapt and come up with unique ways to provide health care. Essentia Health provided telehealth services like many other health care providers.

Nicole Anderson of Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd watches as Dr. Sandra Hanon talks from the Twin Cities on a video device stroke doctors use to help medical professionals. Don Davis / Forum News Service
Nicole Anderson of Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd watches as Dr. Sandra Hanon talks from the Twin Cities on a video device stroke doctors use to help medical professionals. Don Davis / Forum News Service
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Essentia Health was recently awarded nearly $1 million of federal funds to continue providing high-quality care via telehealth.

“Everyone deserves timely access to high-quality, comprehensive health care, and this will help us continue doing just that,” Andrea Altmann, vice president of telecare/telehealth services for Essentia, stated in a news release.

The Federal Communications Commission gave $981,204 to Essentia to acquire remote monitoring devices, video charts with peripheral cameras, to increase broadband coverage at eight of the health care provider’s clinics and to purchase additional equipment.

“More doctors and nurses will have the ability to reach and support our patients and their families all around the region without them having to leave their home,” Altmann stated.

Telehealth is not for emergencies. It is a virtual way of caring for patients that eliminates transportation barriers, improves rural access and streamlines care options. Telehealth is especially convenient for patients who live in rural areas or underserved communities.

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Telehealth saves time and money and, especially in the winter, is a safe alternative to driving through hazardous weather, according to officials.

Since March 2020, Essentia has conducted more than 588,000 virtual visits.

The FCC funding comes from a pool of nearly $42 million allocated by the federal government through the CARES Act.

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