FCC focuses on telehealth for rural America

This article was originally posted on RCR Wireless on July 31, 2018

Remote monitoring a key broadband-enable telehealth application

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will meet on Aug. 2 and discuss potentially providing $100 million in federal funds to support up to 20 telehealth pilot programs designed to leverage broadband infrastructure to improve health care particularly in rural parts of the country. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr recently toured rural parts of the country, including the Mississippi Delta, in support of the “Connected Care Pilot Program.”

In the Delta, Carr visited Ruleville, Miss., population 3,234, where he met with a diabetes patient who takes part in a remote monitoring pilot that uses a Bluetooth-connected glucose monitor and an iPad to track and manage treatment.

In comments made at a July 13, event at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Carr said chronic diseases like diabetes make up 85% of health care spending. Telehealth trials focused on daily care could help reduce these expenses while simultaneously extending better care into rural communities.

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