(PRWEB) February 06, 2013
Broadband connectivity is transforming America’s health care system, creating better, faster, and more cost-effective health care across the country. The sector represents almost 18 percent of the nation’s GDP, and increased efficiency has the power to lower costs, create better results for patients, and trigger economic growth.
At the January 31 Open Commission Meeting, Julius Knapp, Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology and Linda Oliver from the Wireline Competition Bureau delivered an update on the Commission’s work to support wireless and wireline connectivity for health, including the new Healthcare Connect Fund and the FCC’s ongoing work to expand spectrum access for wireless medical devices.
The FCC also hosted a telemedicine demonstration by the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth(GPT), which focuses on increasing access to health care through innovative use of technology. During the live demo, Les Evans GPT Liaison connects with Dr. Debra Lister from Coffee Regional Medical Center, an FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program participant, to conduct a simulated patient exam – allowing the audience in Washington, D.C. to hear the heartbeat of a patient in rural Coffee County, Georgia. Innovations like these mean that soon, geography won’t have to impede the delivery of quality health services.
Paula Guy, Dr. Jeffrey Kesler, Les Evans, and Mike Porter from GPT explained how they have seen telemedicine change the lives of physicians and patients alike. Using GPT’s telemedicine technology, students in rural areas can receive a remote checkup at their schools, eliminating the need for their parents to take time off work to drive them long distances to see a physician. Stroke victims can be diagnosed by a remote specialist much faster, allowing for quicker treatment and often making the difference that saves a patient’s life. A distant dermatologist can receive a high-resolution image of a skin lesion and make a remote diagnosis. Communications technology makes all this possible, providing not only better service to patients, but also reduced costs.
The FCC is committed to spurring innovation in the health technology sector, and ensuring that all health care providers have the connectivity they need to take advantage of these technologies, wherever they are located. Working across the agency and with our federal partners, we have already taken action on 85 percent of the mHealth Task Force’s recommendations from September, including today’s order to reform and streamline our experimental licensing program, which will enable wireless medical device test beds.
For more information on the FCC’s health initiatives please visit http://www.fcc.gov/health.
Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, Inc. is a charitable nonprofit corporation which was formed to promote improvements in healthcare and healthcare facilities in rural and underserved communities throughout the state of Georgia by assisting in the establishment of Telemedicine Programs. GPT is known as the leading agency in Georgia focusing on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology including telemedicine, health information exchange and telehealth.
Global Partnership for Telehealth’s mission is to deliver worldwide access to healthcare. Our unparalleled success in the United States in applies telehealth programs and services has assisted agencies in providing cost effective, efficient, and high quality healthcare to hundreds of thousands. GPT is reaching beyond our borders to bring healthcare to the world
by: Maya Uppaluru, Public-Private Initiatives