To show how elemedicine 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, a telemedicine demonstration by Georgia Telehealth Partnership will be held Jan. 31, 2013, in conjunction with an FCC staff presentation at the Open Commission meeting regarding the FCC’s ongoing work to expand broadband access and spectrum availability for health care uses.
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, and will be be followed by audience questions and comments. The event will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at the FCC’s headquarters in Washington, DC and is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Highlights will include 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
1:00 – 2:00 Telemedicine demonstration
2:00 – 2:30 Audience questions and comments
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