Cascade Health Alliance members who are Sky Lakes Medical Center patients will get greater access to convenient care through a new grant from the Federal Communications Commission’s pilot telehealth access program.

This initiative provides up to $100 million in funds to help eligible healthcare providers cover the costs of providing connected care services. Sky Lakes Medical Center was awarded nearly $194,000 for telehealth care initiatives and the total project budget is $227,850.

Funds for the project will be used to help treat chronically ill patients, those with long-term conditions, high-risk pregnancies, mental health conditions and opioid dependency. Key benefactors of these services are patients with low-income in rural and in underserved areas.

“It is important that we help our members who may not be able to afford broadband or high-speed internet,” says Tayo Akins, CEO, Cascade Health Alliance. “If someone has difficulty getting to Sky Lakes or inadequate internet access, funds from these programs will ensure help gets to them.”