Health Data Management: FCC supports rural broadband deployments to enable telehealth

EXCERPT: “The Federal Communications Commission is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to ensuring that rural Americans are able to connect to quality healthcare through the deployment of high-speed broadband. Earlier this month, the FCC unanimously approved a new $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program designed to provide access to telemedicine for more rural patients, specifically low-income Americans. ‘The delivery of high-quality care is no longer limited to the confines of connected, brick-and-mortar facilities,’ FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told a Senate committee on Thursday. ‘With remote patient monitoring and mobile health apps, technology can now deliver care directly to patients.’ Carr, who is leading the FCC’s new telehealth initiative, testified that the Connected Care Pilot Program will benefit low-income patients—including those eligible for Medicaid and veterans—and will support a limited number of projects over a two- or three-year period, ‘with controls in place to measure and verify the benefits, costs and savings’ generated by the technology.” FULLSTORY: