ATA Applauds Recent FCC Action to Accelerate Use of Remote Healthcare Services

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The American Telemedicine Association has commended the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Chairman Julius Genachowski for recent actions supporting the deployment of telemedicine. The Chairman’s announcement, timed in response to a report from the FCC’s mHealth Task Force, includes several actions called for by ATA over the past two years.

American Telemedicine Association

American Telemedicine Association

We want to ensure that the FCC takes advantage of opportunities to improve healthcare for patients across the country...

The American Telemedicine Association has commended the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Chairman Julius Genachowski for recent actions supporting the deployment of telemedicine. The Chairman’s announcement, timed in response to a report from the FCC’s mHealth Task Force, includes several actions called for by ATA over the past two years, including:

  • Hiring a permanent FCC Director of Healthcare to oversee the Commissions’ impact on the delivery of medical services
  • Finalizing much-needed reform of the FCC Rural Health Care Program
  • Encouraging the development of new healthcare devices and services and creating wireless test beds
  • Expanding the spectrum for mobile body area networks (MBAN) to enable 24/7 remote healthcare monitoring

“Since 1993 ATA has provided comments and technical advice to the FCC, praising the Commission for courageous actions but also criticizing it when we see lost opportunities,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association. “We want to ensure that the FCC takes advantage of opportunities to improve healthcare for patients across the country, including responding to recommendations from the mHealth Task Force. These are all important actions that will prove to help spread the benefits of healthcare delivered via telecommunications.”

Telemedicine includes a broad range of health services delivered over distances. This year, over 10 million Americans will be helped by various telemedicine applications. mHealth (also known as mobile health) is the use of wireless devices to deliver telemedicine. Such innovation can significantly improve healthcare quality and access by utilizing smartphones, tablets and other wireless technologies.

The American Telemedicine Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is the leading resource for the delivery of healthcare using telecommunications technologies. ATA and its diverse membership of medical institutions, professionals and healthcare and technology companies work together to guide the use of telemedicine to improve quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. Established in 1993, ATA is headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://www.americantelemed.org.

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