The Connect2HealthFCC Task Force is working to raise consumer awareness about the value of broadband in the health and care sectors. Consumer education plays an important role in building connections between the services and information they need to stay healthy. This page offers tips to help consumers engage in their own health care through broadband-enabled services. Printable tip sheets are available in English and Spanish.

Consumer Tips

Connected Health Technology Can Help in the Fight Against Cancer: New treatments for cancer are helping millions of people diagnosed each year live longer, healthier lives. As research uncovers innovative ways to manage the disease, however, cancer treatment is growing more complex. Patients and their caregivers must navigate a web of treatment options and coordinate with multiple specialists and care centers that may be far from home. Connected health can help these patients and caregivers better manage a cancer diagnosis.

Broadband-Enabled Health Technologies Can Reduce Costs and Improve Care for People with Disabilities: People with disabilities often have unique medical needs and may require a team of specialists to provide optimal care.  For example, someone with limited mobility may need close monitoring for blood clot risks or may benefit from remote physical therapy.  There are many ways telehealth can make a difference.

Telehealth Offers Tech Tools for Living Independently: According to the U.S. Census, one in five Americans (or approximately 71 million) will be 65 or older by 2030. With the right support, seniors can continue to live healthy, independently and safely. Consider how broadband-enabled health tools might help you or a loved one.

Stay Heart Healthy with Broadband Technologies and Apps: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Fortunately, though, heart disease is often preventable. Knowing which digital tools are available can help you take steps toward preventing heart disease today.

Ingestibles, Wearables and Embeddables: Recent advances in broadband-enabled sensor technology offer the potential for the emergence of more convenient, ultimately less-costly – and less-invasive – solutions. These new types of technologies are generically called “ingestibles,” “wearables” and “embeddables.”

Things to Ask Your Doctor About Digital Health: With so many advances happening so fast, you may not know where to begin. Start with these simple questions.

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