Microsoft picks telehealth firm as grant winner
August 7, 2018
A company dedicated to bringing telehealth to rural communities is one of eight winners of Microsoft’s third annual Airband Grant Fund, which aims to help close the broadband access gap in rural America by 2022.
Numbers4Health is deploying telehealth in partnership with internet service providers to help support telemedicine and improve healthcare outcomes in rural Maine.
"Numbers4Health is working to ensure the citizens of rural Maine will have broadband access to critical telehealth," said Shelley McKinley, Microsoft's head of technology. "Their use of innovative technologies like TV white spaces will help improve healthcare access in Maine."
The fund seeks to spark innovation to overcome barriers to affordable internet access, through support of high-potential, early-stage start-ups creating innovative new technologies, services and business models. This year's grantees will receive cash investments, access to technology, mentoring and networking opportunities.
"The best way to manage healthcare costs and improve health outcomes is to treat injury and illness as fast as possible," said Peg Molloy, managing director of Numbers4Health. "Numbers4Health puts health information software and technology at schools where injured student athletes can be quickly assessed. Microsoft's Airband Grant Fund is helping us make that happen."
Broadband is the electricity of the 21st century. It is a necessity to start and grow a small business and take advantage of advances in agriculture, telemedicine and education. In the USA, more than 24 million Americans lack broadband access, including 19.4 million people living in rural areas.
Below is a list of this year's Microsoft Airband Grant Fund recipients:
- CvWireless (New York)
- Skylark Wireless (West Virginia)
- Tribal Digital Village (California)
- Numbers4Health (California, Maine and Texas)
- Mesh Power (Rwanda)
- Cold Hubs (Nigeria)
- Agsol (Kenya)
- ME Solshare (Bangladesh)