Fifteen community groups in California have received more than $5 million in funding under the California e-Health Community Awards to help facilitate adoption of telehealth technology in rural areas, Healthcare IT News reports. The University of California-Davis Health System and the California Telehealth Network recently announced the Broadband Adoption Model eHealth Communities Awards. Funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the awards are designed to help the communities become best-practice examples in using and integrating telehealth to improve residents’ health and health care. Matching funds were provided by other groups, including the California HealthCare Foundation, which publishes iHealthBeat. Funding recipients span 26 counties in rural, urban and suburban areas.