REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, Microsoft Corp. announced it selected Numbers4Health as a winner of its third annual Airband Grant Fund to help bring telehealth solutions to rural communities. As one of the eight winners, Numbers4Health is deploying a solution in partnership with internet service providers using TV white spaces technologies to help support telemedicine and improve healthcare outcomes in rural Texas. The Airband Grant Fund is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative, which aims to help close the broadband access gap in rural America by 2022.
"Numbers4Health is working to ensure the citizens of rural Texas will have broadband access to critical telehealth solutions," said Shelley McKinley, Microsoft's head of Technology and Corporate Responsibility. "Their use of innovative technologies like TV white spaces will help improve healthcare access in Texas."
The Microsoft Airband Grant Fund seeks to spark innovation to overcome barriers to affordable internet access, through supporting high-potential, early-stage startups 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, 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 United States, 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. More about the Microsoft Airband Grant Fund can be found here.
- CvWireless (New York, United States)
- Skylark Wireless (West Virginia, United States)
- Tribal Digital Village (California, United States)
- Numbers4Health (Colorado, United States)
- Mesh Power (Rwanda)
- Cold Hubs (Nigeria)
- Agsol (Kenya)
- ME Solshare (Bangladesh)
Numbers4Health is a Colorado-based startup that provides a collection of tools to encourage increased use of telehealth solutions to drive positive change and better healthcare outcomes. The system operates across Windows, Android, and iOS environments.
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SOURCE Microsoft Corp.