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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 29, 2012
Mark Wigfield: (202) 418-0253
FCC ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR
JANUARY 31, 2013 TELEMEDICINE DEMONSTRATION
.: The Commission today announced details for a January 31, 2013 telemedicine
demonstration by Georgia Telehealth Partnership, in conjunction with an FCC staff presentation at the Open
Commission meeting earlier that day regarding the FCC's ongoing work to expand broadband access and
spectrum availability for health care uses. Telemedicine and telehealth applications can improve the quality
of health care delivered to patients in rural areas, generate savings in the cost of providing health care, and
reduce the time and expense associated with travel to distant locations to receive or provide care.
The demonstration will include a simulated patient examination with the Coffee Regional Medical
Center in Bacon County, Georgia, a participant in the Rural Health Care Pilot Program. The demonstration
will be followed by audience questions and comments. The demonstration will be held in the Commission
Meeting Room at the FCC's headquarters in Washington, DC. It is free and open to the public, with seating
available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The demonstration will highlight some of the technology applications that will be enabled by FCC
initiatives. In particular, the FCC created the Rural Health Care (RHC) program to improve access to
communications services for eligible health care providers. In December 2012, the Commission reformed
and streamlined this program, creating a new, efficient Healthcare Connect Fund. Healthcare Connect will
expand health care provider access to broadband, especially in rural areas, and encourage the creation of
state and regional broadband health care networks. The new program will continue to help health care
providers obtain broadband to implement telemedicine and telehealth applications.
Georgia Telehealth Partnership focuses on increasing access to health care through innovative use
of technology including telemedicine, health information exchange and telehealth.
Paula Guy, Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Telehealth Partnership
Dr. Jeffery Kesler, Chief Operations Officer, Georgia Telehealth Partnership
Les Evans, Liaison, Georgia Telehealth Partnership
Mike Porter, CIO, Georgia Telehealth Partnership
Dr. Debra Lister, Coffee Regional Medical Center
Audience questions and comments
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