WASHINGTON DC (WJZ) — The University of Maryland Medical System Telehealth Services is set to receive a nearly $800,00 grant to bolster its telehealth services, the Baltimore congressional delegation announced Wednesday.

The grant, totaling $795,146, was announced by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume.

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The funds will be used to purchase tablets and other software to help support remote patient monitoring.

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Telehealth services have been an important part of the modern medical system, proving essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also a very popular option for those on a tighter budget and those in rural areas, says CDC.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that telehealth is an essential service,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement. “Expanding telehealth services will benefit everyone from patients to health care workers. We will continue to increase availability of safe and effective health care services across the state.”

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The UMMS Telehealth Services were drastically expanded during mid-April 2020 as the pandemic hit. These services allow doctors to remotely go over test results, answer medication questions and evaluate a patient’s treatment.

CBS Baltimore Staff