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Everyone Connected ... to the people, services, and information they need to get well and stay healthy. “The Commission’s top priority must be to make networks work for everyone. Broadband itself is not the goal – it’s what broadband enables.” - Chairman Tom Wheeler In 2014, Chairman Tom Wheeler launched the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force to serve as an umbrella for all FCC health-related activities, ensuring continued close collaboration with our sister agencies, and building partnerships with stakeholders. “Broadband-enabled health solutions can help communities better manage chronic disease, address language barriers, improve health literacy, ensure that our veterans adjust and thrive, and help improve overall population health and wellness.” - Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Recent News

Connect2HealthFCC logoDec 2 Mississippi Broadband Connect Summit: Commissioner Clyburn’s Remarks

Connect2HealthFCC logoOct 7 COMPTEL Fall 2014 Convention & Expo Presentation: FCC Healthcare Initiatives

Video of Commissioner Clyburn speaking at an for National Health IT weekSept 16 NHIT Keynote: Ruby's Magic Carpet: In Search of a Cure for Persistent Health Disparities

Video of Commissioner Clyburn speaking at an for National Health IT weekSept 15 ONC Keynote: Realizing Broadband's Grand Promise for Consumer Health IT

C2H On the Go

Blog: The Health and Care Challenge

C2H Infographic

Population growth, an aging population coupled with fewer doctors per capita are creating a widening healthcare availability gap for many Americans. Broadband-enabled technology solutions are key to meeting the healthcare challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Funding

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


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Consumers


Tips and Information

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 engageC2H@fcc.gov and send us your pic, audio file or video.



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Policymaking


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 Policy 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 c2hscholarinresidence@fcc.gov for future posts.

September 2014: Essential Stewardship Priorities for Academic Health Systems, Institute of Medicine
"Increasingly, health systems are being challenged to develop models that shift care out of the hospital setting . . . to the outpatient setting, the home, and the workplace where the emphasis can also shift to prevention, early detection, and longitudinal care management of chronic conditions."

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