HHS and the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department said three states with the highest density of veterans will receive about $300,000 each to implement telehealth systems or upgrade their telehealth capabilities.
In a news release, the agencies said the Health Resources and Services Administration will administer a total of $983,100 in grants to Alaska, Montana and Virginia to purchase telehealth equipment and develop electronic health records that are compatible with the VA's system.
Veterans who live in rural areas often have to travel long distances to receive healthcare services.
"Working with partners like HHS, VA will continue to increase the reach of our services beyond our 152 major medical centers to ensure veterans receive the care they have earned and deserve," VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said in the release.
The VA has introduced a number of telehealth-related initiatives in recent months, including dropping co-payments for in-home telehealth services and announcing a goal to conduct at least 200,000 "telemental health" consultations during fiscal 2012.