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Blog: Technology Has Heart

As we near the end of February – American Heart Month – and begin to look toward spring, it's a good time to reflect on a critical health issue in the United States: heart disease. At the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, our goal is to better enable the use of broadband and advanced technologies to help consumers get well and stay healthy.

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Funding Sources for Broadband-Enabled Health Care: Financial support available for initiatives connecting broadband services and health care delivery.

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Digital Health: Share Your Story
We want to know how you are "connecting" to health! How are you using technology to address a health problem? Which digital health tools work best for you? You can email us at and send us your pic, audio file or video.

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The FCC remains committed to doing its part to accelerate the adoption of broadband-enabled health care solutions and the development and availability of health-related technologies for all Americans. This is a collaborative effort involving multiple bureaus and offices. For example, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) oversees the Healthcare Connect Fund, to expand health care provider access to broadband, especially in rural areas. The Office Engineering and Technology (OET) manages spectrum and works to create new opportunities for competitive technologies, including wireless medical devices.

Explore the FCC's Policymaking Milestones: FCC, Broadband and Health Milestones (1996 – 2014)
Significant FCC actions and activities for improving health care, expanding access to broadband, facilitating the development of advanced health care technologies, and creating new opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs. Click on an icon to learn more about the milestones and events that occurred in a specific year. Graphic See milestones from 1995 to 2000 See milestones from 2000 to 2004 See milestones from 2005 to 2009 See milestones from 2010 See milestones from 2011 See milestones from 2012 See milestones from 2013 See milestones from 2014

Featured Papers

Periodically, the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force will feature published academic, research and policy papers that raise provocative issues, articulate policy challenges, or identify lessons learned about the future of broadband-enabled digital technologies in the context of health and health care. We welcome submissions to for future posts.

A Re-conceptualization of Access for 21st Century Healthcare, Journal of General Internal Medicine, November 2011
This paper provides an overview of digital “encounterless” utilization, discusses the weaknesses of traditional conceptual frameworks of access, presents a new access framework, provides recommendations for how to measure access in the new framework, and discusses future directions for research on access.

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