Telehealth program gets boost

Approval for software program gets nod

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Public Health Department’s Telelhealth pilot initiative was the beneficiary of funds and services through action last week by the county Board of Supervisors.

The board passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of software and related services from IDSolutions of Noblesville, Ind. The purchases are related to installation of a Telehealth station at the department on Route 29.

The contract with IDSolutions totals $5,000 and is split between funding for user portal services and a one-time setup cost.

A resolution also passed accepting $1,275 in North Country Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Chronic Disease Prevention funds from the Adirondack Health Institute to offset expenses incurred by implementing a COPD Care Team.

In other business:

∫ Supervisors authorized a change order with Lupini Construction Inc. for an exterior renovation project at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

∫ A contract was authorized with SmartWatt Energy of Clifton Park to complete an energy audit for projects at the County Office Building.

∫ The board passed three resolutions accepting state Office of Mental Health funds. The state awarded $65,785 in supported employment grant funds to the county’s Community Services Department to provide employment opportunities to those with a mental health diagnosis. The state also awarded $15,493 in supported housing grant funds for persons with that diagnosis. Finally, the Community Services Department received word it received $119,941 to serve the most resistive 48 individuals with mental health diagnosis in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

∫ The board accepted $5,341 in New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal insurance reimbursement for a totaled 2009 Dodge Caravan used for county Office for Aging purposes. The OFA vehicle was recently involved in a motor vehicle accident while transporting home delivered meals to seniors.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at