January 2018 - In This Issue:
In the News
Coastal Region of South Carolina Unveils New Technology Action Plan

"The South Carolina Lowcountry may be a stunning tourist attraction, with its natural beauty and historic cities, but one thing is not up to speed with the rest of the area: broadband.

That's why a new  Technology Action Plan, unveiled recently by the Lowcountry Promise Zone Broadband Team, has become a top priority for the six-county region. Currently, 28,474 households in the region do not have a fixed broadband connection, and 63 percent of households with internet access are dissatisfied with their current service, according to statistics cited by officials."

Loss of Net Neutrality Could Slow Telehealth Access
-Healthcare DIVE

"December is a time to reflect on the coming new year and make resolutions for the coming year to enact change. For the federal government, the 
repeal of net neutrality rules by the Federal Communications Commission was one decision that will continue to create aftershocks in 2018."
VA Awards $260 Million Home Telehealth Contract to 1Vision
"The U.S. Department of  Veterans Affairs awarded a contract to telemedicine vendor 1Vision to deliver home telehealth systems to U.S veterans.

The VA is amid an ambitious 'anywhere-to-anywhere' project, first announced in August of 2017 by President Trump and VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, to extend its telehealth offerings across state borders and into rural areas." 

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Palmetto Care Connections
Annual Telehealth Summit 
Palmetto Care Connections is proud to announce the keynote speakers of the 6th Annual Telehealth Summit of SC!

Julie Hall Barrow, EdD
Vice President of Virtual Health and Innovation Children's Health
 Peter Yellowlees, MD, MBBS
American Telemedicine Association
*Summit Agenda Coming Soon*

Educational Opportunities
Palmetto Care Connections has partnered with Georgia Partnership for Telehealth to offer online telehealth certifications. Use the code 
PCC17 to receive a discount! 

Available Certifications: 

FREE WEBINAR: 2018 Statewide Telehealth Strategic Plan
January 24, 11AM-12PM (EST)

Funding Opportunity
Telehealth Implementation and Evaluation Grant

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance is accepting applications for the 2018 Telehealth Implementation and Evaluation Grant.

Award Amount: $20,000 (five available)

Deadline: February 26, 2018
Upcoming Events

A special thank you to our partners for working with us to improve the health of South Carolina through telemedicine. 


Any new announcements, updates, expansions, or changes? Email Davia Smith at davias@palmettocareconnections.org today.

Thank You!