Maine Receives Millions For Medical File Sharing 

Maine has received nearly $4,000,000 for technology to help folks share knowledge.The federal money will be used in partnership with the U.S.D.A. Rural Development’s “Distance Learning and Telemedicine” program.More than one hundred fifty schools, including the University of Maine, will benefit from the funding.The money will buy video conferencing equipment and computer systems that will be used to link schools, letting them share course work. “We compete with every other state in the union for a pot of money and for the past 3 out of 4 years we’ve come out at the top, so I do think need is one issue, but also the fact that we’re a very rural state and we’re a large state geographically so to be able to connect people and allow them not to travel long distances to learn is a real priority,” Said Virgina Manuel a director with U.S.D.A. Rural Development.Nearly $400,000 will go to Eastern Maine Medical Center to help pay for technology that will connect specialists to rural hospitals across the state via video.