Huntington Hospital, a psychiatric facility, and two rural community health centers will join the network. In total, the network will have 15 sites throughout West Virginia. MDTV uses fully interactive audio and video and offers full consultative services. MDTV is also participating in a pilot project for the Health Care Financing Administration to test Medicare payment methodologies for telemedicine.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Medicine, Program on Aging, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Amount of award: $464,160 (1994), $409,431 (1995), and $437,321 (1996 request).

This project utilizes the North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH) to connect the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with three rural sites: Roanoke Amaranth Community Health Group, Our Community Hospital, and Halifax Memorial Hospital. Building on a five-year clinical program of interdisciplinary geriatric assessment, the fiber optic network will support interactive video consultations among the four sites.

Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, South Dakota

Amount of award: $460,680 (1994), $500,000 (1995), and $500,000 (1996 request).

This project supports three telemedicine networks in the state of South Dakota. The Rapid City Network became operational in February 1995 and is demonstrating store-and-forward technology for teleradiology and telecardiology with hospitals in Custer and Philip. The Sioux Valley Network has been operational since July 1994, demonstrating store-and-forward (for teleradiology) as well as interactive technologies. The McKennan Network began operations on January 1996. An evaluation of the project is being conducted by the South Dakota Department of Health.

Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network, Deaconess-Billings Clinic Health Systems, Billings, Montana

Amount of award: $334,000 (1994), $480,997 (1995), and $500,000 (1996 request).

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