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Overview

The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has awarded 16 telehealth grants to qualified organizations to implement innovative projects in the State that assess the effectiveness of telehealth in various care settings. Challenges and success from each project are used to inform future grantee projects and allow for a building on successes. Lessons learned from these projects will inform better practices and industry implementation efforts; potential policies to support the advancement of telehealth; and the design of larger telehealth programs and projects across the State. Grantees are required to assess the impact of using telehealth against self-identified measures aligned with project goals.  

School-Based Teletherapy for Special Education Services - Awarded January 2019

A total of $200,000 with a $79,000 match was awarded to a single organization to expand access to special education services, evaluate the impact of teletherapy in expanding access to speech services, and the effectiveness of teletherapy in assisting students to meet Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. The project continues through July 2020

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) 

CCPS is implementing teletherapy in schools to connect middle and high school students to Maryland-licensed speech language pathologists who will provide services in accordance with IEP determinations. 

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders Supported by Mobile Devices Grant - Awarded May 2018 

A total of $150,000 with a $196,940 match was awarded to a single organization to increase access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to underserved Maryland residents with opioid dependence through telehealth interventions in an integrated care delivery approach.  The project continues through November 2019. 

Mosaic Community Services, Inc. (Mosaic)

Mosaic is implementing telehealth to expand access to MAT with buprenorphine via telehealth in Montgomery County. The project aims to increase addiction treatment in an underserved jurisdiction and establish telehealth capabilities and protocols for addiction treatment clients.

Medication Management and Reconciliation Grant - Awarded April 2018

A total of $150,000 with a $179,319 match was awarded to a single organization to demonstrate the impact of using telehealth to optimize medication-related services in care delivery where the information would be available to treating providers through the State-Designated Health Information Exchange.  The project continues through October 2019.   

University of Maryland Quality Care Network (UMQCN)

UMQCN is implementing telehealth to optimize medication reconciliation to improve health outcomes and the quality of primary care, and reduce in-patient and emergency room costs for patients in rural Maryland with COPD.  

Population Health in Rural Communities Telehealth Technology Grant - Awarded January 2017

A total of $75,000 with a $150,303 match was awarded to a single organization to demonstrate the impact of using telehealth to increase access to health care and improve population health in rural communities of the Eastern Shore.  The project continued through July 2018.  

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UMSRH)

UMSRH implemented telehealth at two of its facilities.  University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown used telehealth with patients at Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to increase access to palliative care services and reduce hospital encounters.   Additionally, UMSRH used telehealth to increase access to emergency department psychiatric services and inpatient psychiatric consultations. 

Improving Patient Outcomes using Mobile Health Technology Projects - Awarded December 2016

A total of $100,000 with a $200,000 match was awarded to a single organization to demonstrate the impact of using mobile health to promote patient engagement and improve patient outcomes.  The project continued through June 2018.

Johns Hopkins Pediatrics at Home (PAH)

PAH utilized a mobile application with pediatric patients with asthma to conduct regular health assessments, track the patient's Asthma Action Plan, provide real time clinical and educational feedback, and facilitate secure communication between the patient and a registered nurse. 

Primary Care Telehealth Technology Grants - Awarded June 2016

A total of $117,154 with a $234,598 match was awarded to two organizations to demonstrate the impact of using telehealth to support value-based care delivery in primary care settings through expanded access to health services tailored to the needs of different communities and patient populations. The projects continued through December 2017.

Gilchrist Greater Living (Gilchrist)

Gilchrist provided senior patients with in-home telehealth monitoring devices to provide 24/7 case management and early intervention for chronically ill patients to reduce hospital admissions.

MedPeds, LLC (MedPeds)

MedPeds utilized a mobile device application with patients to facilitate 24/7 video-based telemedicine with MedPeds providers, make appointments, and access electronic health records to increase patient access to primary care providers and improve outcomes for diabetic patients. 

Practice Transformation Telehealth Technology Grants - Awarded November 2015

A total of $90,000 with a $216,726 match was awarded to three organizations to demonstrate the impact of using telehealth technology to improve the overall health of the population being served and the patient experience.  The projects continued through May 2017.   

Associated Black Charities (ABC)

ABC of Dorchester County utilized mobile tablets to facilitate primary care and behavioral health video consultations with a licensed nurse care coordinator to improve patients’ self-management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and improve health outcomes.

Gerald Family Care (GFC)  

GFC used telehealth video consultations and image sharing services to increase access to specialty care for patients with gastroenterologic, neurologic, dermatologic, cardiac, pulmonary related, and behavioral health conditions at three family practice locations.  

Union Hospital of Cecil County (Union)

Union utilized mobile tablets and peripheral devices with chronic care patients to monitor the patient’s blood pressure, pulse, weight and glucose levels to support data sharing with primary care and ED providers. 

Remote Patient Monitoring Telehealth Technology Grants - Awarded June 2015

A total of $80,000 with a $217,583 match was awarded to three organizations to demonstrate the impact of telehealth on care delivery in a primary care practice with school-aged children, residential care, and hospitals.  The projects continued through November 2016.

Crisfield Clinic (Crisfield)

Crisfield provided mobile devices to middle and high school-aged patients to assist in managing chronic conditions including asthma, diabetes, obesity, and behavioral health issues to improve clinical data indicators, reduce lost school days, reduce ED visits, and improve patients’ perception of health.

Lorien Health Systems (Lorien)

Lorien utilized telemonitoring devices in patients’ home to provide 24/7 access to a care coordinator to address hospital prevention quality indicator (PQI) conditions, including uncontrolled diabetes, congestive heart failure, and hypertension among patients discharged from the skilled nursing facility to home through its Lorien at Home program. 

Union Hospital of Cecil County (Union)

Union provided chronic care patients with mobile tablets and peripheral devices that captured patients’ blood pressure, pulse, and weight, and provided patient education to facilitate patient monitoring to improve access to care, enable early provision of appropriate treatment, and reduce hospital encounters. 

Long-Term Care/Hospital Telehealth Grants - Awarded October 2014

A total of $87,888 with a $175,871 match was awarded to three organizations to demonstrate the impact of telehealth in improving transitions of care between hospitals and nursing homes.  The projects continued through October 2015.   

Atlantic General Hospital Corporation (AGH)

AGH used video consultations between the Emergency Department (ED) and Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Worcester County) to reduce ED visits and hospital admission of patients residing in a long-term care (LTC) facility.

Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS)

DHS used mobile tablets to conduct video consultations with patients residing at two LTC facilities, Sanctuary of Holy Cross and Patuxent River Health and Rehabilitation Center, to reduce unnecessary hospital transfers.

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UMUCH)

UMUCH used remote telehealth examinations and consultations between the hospital and a fully equipped exam room and lab located at the Bel Air facility of Lorien Health systems, which provided electrocardiogram (EKG) monitoring, sonogram capabilities, and multiple cameras for remote patient examination. 

Briefs and Final Reports

The Telehealth Briefs and Final Reports highlight the lessons learned and implementation considerations from grantees.  The individual grantee reports provide information on the technology infrastructure, implementation and assessment approach, outcomes, project limitations and challenges, and plans for sustainability of the projects.

Advancing Population Health and Primary Care Transformation via Telehealth:  A Compilation of 2015 & 2016 Telehealth Grant Final Reports

Remote Patient Monitoring Telehealth Grants:  Brief and Final Reports

Long Term Care and Hospital Telehealth Project Grants:  Brief and Final Reports 

Contact information

For more information, contact Christine Karayinopulos by phone 410-764-3444 or email at christine.karayinopulos@maryland.gov.


Last Updated: 5/16/2019