Broadband technologies is a critical cost-saving and health care enhancing services for rural communities. Telemedicine applications rely on high speed and high quality telecommunications networks to provide rural communities with virtual access to urban health centers and their related medical specialists and services.
Currently, there are investments that are accelerating the adoption of health information technology, including a federal incentives program that will spend up to $27 billion to encourage hospitals and physicians to use electronic health records. You can read more here: https://www.cms.gov/ehrincentiveprograms/
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The FCC has had the opportunity over many years to spend up to $400 million each year to expand rural broadband connectivity and it didn’t.If you follow the GAO report, it seems that there is a management problem.I can tell you that the GAO report did note that in one instance a healthcare provider in Alaska used FCC Rural Health Care Program funds to increase the use of telemedicine, which has reduced patient wait times and travel costs.Therefore, there are examples of some success, but for the most part the FCC could have done more.
To your question of how the funds are disbursed, the program provides discounts on rural health care providers' telecommunications and information services and funds broadband infrastructure and services.
Yes, it will take a telecommunications signal of greater bandwidth compared to the standard or usual signal to achieve the kind of results that telemedicine requires.The FCC has been assigned a budget to provide this service to be used at rural hospitals and should get on with the task of expanding broadband to help rural hospitals adopt telemedicine technology.
Yes, there are many reasons why the FCC should spend more to expand broadband connectivity at rural health facilities. They do need the FCC's help.
But there are a lot of other things the government SHOULD be spending money on... but they can't due to bureaucracy, inefficiency, or budget cuts.
Reducing the amount of government spending and attempting to reduce the deficient is all well and good, but as a consequence to this sacrifices have to be made. And I think FCC funding is certainly going to get reduced or dry up completely.
In this case, it sounds like the program was not especially effective to begin with. But it is a noble idea, at least.
It seems like this is a catch 22 issue. I'm not too familiar with this plan and how the funds are supposed to be distributed. If the funds are to go to the Broadband infrastructure and allow the companies to install services to these rural areas, and then if the individual care providers don't have money to buy the equipment, we haven't solved any issues. If these funds go to both the infrastructure and individual hospitals, then we are making some headway.
Do you know why all of the budgeted money wasn't spent? Did nobody ask for more amounts, or was the FCC not dispersing more funds?
I agree with you Jacob, new equipment generation for multimedia processing could help a lot telemedicine tasks. In addition I personal think on one hand funds from FCC are important, but actions to promote education and confidential usage of electronics is important as well. I am convinced devoted educational sessions for students approaching medicine degree can stimulate better e-health spread with benefits for citizens, as consequence.
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