April 23, 2020

University of Michigan Hospital receives $649,000 to expand telehealth

Dr. Chad Ellimoottil, Assistant Professor of Urology, along with Drs. Larry An and Grace Jenq led a grant application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand our video visit capacity and provide remote patient monitoring for patients with COVID 19.

“The purpose of this Telehealth for COVID-19 grant is to expand Michigan Medicine’s virtual care efforts to care for patients and protect health care workers and the public from COVID-19. The grants are targeted towards areas that have been hit hard by COVID-19 and Michigan and particularly Southeastern Michigan certainly qualify on this account. In addition, the grants are intended to help expand services for patients that are at particularly high risk and high need during this COVID-19 crisis. Our planned activities include 1) a general expansion of virtual care (e.g. video visits) to allow patients to get the care they need at home and thus reduce the risk of exposure to patients, health care teams, and the public, and 2) enhanced home monitoring of high risk COVID-19 patients including those with other chronic medical problems as well as those patients with high social needs (who might not typically be able to access virtual care services). The planned virtual care efforts are part of a coordinated Michigan Medicine plan to provide the broadest and best possible care to our patients and also serve as a model for all other healthcare systems that are trying to do the same.”