Agency
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Program
Healthcare Connect Fund administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Link
Website
Due date
FY2019 Filing Window closed May 31, 2019
Location
National
Sector
Healthcare
Project funding
Program provides a 65% discount on eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity to both individual rural health care providers (HCPs) and consortia;
Program funding
Funding for the Rural Health Care Program is capped at $400 million annually.
Funding size
$5M to $25M

Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF)

RFP Summary provided by the agency

The Rural Health Care (RHC) Program supports health care facilities in bringing world class medical care to rural areas through increased connectivity. It supports reduced rates for broadband and telecom services. There are two subprograms in the RHC Program: the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program and the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program.

What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

Healthcare IT and connectivity

How do you submit to this opportunity?

Read the document on required documents link, carefully to determine which forms you must submit and any additional steps you may need to take in your FY2018 application. Please note that any applicants seeking funding in FY2018 must still submit a funding request.
https://www.usac.org/_res/documents/rhc/pdf/handouts/RHC-Program-Information-for-FY2017-Applicants.pdf

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

Public or not-for-profit hospitals, rural health clinics, community health centers, health centers serving migrants, community mental health centers, local health departments or agencies, post-secondary educational institutions/teaching hospitals/medical schools, or consortia of the above
Non-rural HCPs may participate in Healthcare Connect Fund if they belong to a consortium that has a majority of rural HCPs, however, only those non-rural HCPs that fit into one of the eligible categories listed above can receive support from the HCFF. Other non-rural HCPs may participate in HCFF-consortia and benefit from consortia rates that offered by service providers or equipment vendors, but such HCPs are not eligible for HCFF support.
The largest HCPs (400 + patient beds) are eligible, but support is capped if non-rural

Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

Adirondack-Champlain Telemedicine Information Network (New York)
A new fiber optic telemedicine network, connected to Internet2, will connect approximately eight health care facilities in Northeastern New York. The new network will enable real-time consultations, sharing of medical image files, and distance education. Maximum support: $7,648,304.
https://www.usac.org/rhcp/about/participants.aspx

(ii) Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

Alabama Pediatric Health Access Network
A new network, connected to Internet2 at speeds ranging from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps, will connect a specialized pediatric emergency department to emergency departments at rural hospitals, as an initial step toward linking all emergency departments statewide. Four facilities were connected initially. Maximum support: $420,316.
https://www.usac.org/rhcp/about/participants.aspx

(iii) Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

Albemarle Network Telemedicine Initiative (North Carolina)
A new network will provide secured information exchange across approximately 65 facilities, enabling computerized physician orders for medical procedures, discharges, transfers, and referrals. Maximum support: $1,583,076.
https://www.usac.org/rhcp/about/participants.aspx

(iv) Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

Palmetto State Providers Network (South Carolina)
Four rural and underserved regions are connected to a fiber optic backbone being developed in the state and Internet2. The network will connect approximately 58 facilities at speeds ranging from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps. Maximum support: $7,944,950.
https://www.usac.org/rhcp/about/participants.aspx

Other required documents/forms

https://www.usac.org/_res/documents/rhc/pdf/handouts/RHC-Program-Information-for-FY2017-Applicants.pdf

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