Each year, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) makes available $400 million in funding through the Rural Health Care (RHC) program, to be used for telecommunications and Internet services for health care providers located in rural areas. However, according to USAC, only $81 million was granted in 2011, due in large part to a lack of program awareness. Carolina Digital Phone, a North Carolina based Interconnected-VoIP provider of advanced network communications and hosted VoIP services, urges rural health care providers to apply for RHC funding in order to take advantage of discounts on hosted VoIP telecommunications services.
The Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program provides qualifying rural health care providers with discounts on a variety of telecommunication services including Hosted VoIP, Ethernet, fiber, Internet access charges. The discounts enable rural health care providers to save on current telecommunications and Internet services, upgrade to more advanced solutions, or even install new and improved technology.
Today’s health care organizations face a wide range of challenges—such as medical error reduction, efficient practice management, asset and resource tracking, patient privacy requirements, patient data storage, government regulation compliance, and limited financial resources — all while maintaining and improving the quality of patient care.