High-speed broadband can help doctors and hospitals deliver state-of-the-art care, particularly to the underserved communities most in need.
Last week, the FCC announced a joint meeting with the FDA to discuss how to implement the Broadband Plan’s recommendation to get innovative wireless medical devices to consumers as quickly and safely as possible.
As exciting as this is, it is just a hint at the possibilities that broadband innovation holds for health care in America. For example, telemedicine is a promising field that can help rural communities stay safe and healthy.
Neil in Abilene, Texas
Citizens of rural Texas communities have very little, if any, access to professional medical care. Telemedicine brings critically needed medical care to rural communities; however, without broadband services Telemedicine is physically impossible.
Medical providers are willing to see patients over a Telemedicine system, the technology exists to make Telemedicine a reality, and patients are willing to see providers via Telemedicine. Until a broadband system is in place to provide the needed bandwidth Telemedicine will never reach the citizens that truly need the services. Rural Texas needs the bandwidth to make Telemedicine a reality for these small communities that otherwise may not have a hospital, doctor, clinic, or other healthcare provider.
Access to health care and information is an issue for many providers as well. Without broadband, health care professionals can be stifled in their work and professional development.