Today, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the USDA is awarding more than 100 grants to increase access to job training, education, and health care services in rural areas.
One of those grants is to the tune of $265,159, which was awarded to the Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network. The money will be used to replace obsolete telemedicine technology at nine sites western Nebraska to continue modernization of the existing tele-health system.
This project will install a core all-fiber backbone and paired electronics on the new network. Innovative technology, computers, and software will enable all sites to deliver medical care predominantly aimed at opioid misuse, but also to provide primary, emergency, and specialty care using collaborative resources from all network clinics and hospitals.
Sites from this project will impact Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Perkins, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux Counties. The project has potential to serve 43,840 residents.