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The Connect2HealthFCC’s Beyond the Beltway Series explores how communities are leveraging broadband technologies and next-generation communications services to improve access to health and care services throughout the country, especially in rural and underserved areas.

  • May 18, 2016:  Houston, TX

    The C2HFCC Task Force traveled to Houston to highlight how broadband-enabled health technologies can improve access to mental health care and to discuss associated policy issues.  Co-hosted by the University of Houston Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute, Broadband Prescriptions for Mental Health explored how connected environments can be used to improve mental and behavioral health and featured a spotlight on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s efforts in this area. 
  • October 27-28, 2015:  Detroit, MI

    The events in Detroit focused on leveraging broadband technology to reduce health disparities and identifying opportunities to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the broadband health technology space. The events were hosted and/or co-sponsored by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, TechTown Detroit, and Wayne State University.

    A Broadband Health Tech Forum focused on broadband connectivity as a social determinant of health and how this could impact efforts to reduce and eliminate health and healthcare disparities. The forum also explored broadband health innovation and entrepreneurship in Detroit, including challenges and lessons learned in developing a connected health product concept, from design to funding and regulatory issues.

  • October 26, 2015:  Cleveland, OH

    The Task Force traveled to Cleveland, Ohio for broadband health events hosted and/or co-sponsored by Cleveland Clinic, the Global Center for Health Innovation, and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  The event focused on leveraging broadband technology to help reduce health disparities and on identifying opportunities to further encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the broadband health technology space.
  • September 30-October 1, 2015:  Miami and Jacksonville, FL

    This visit highlighted how broadband-enabled health technologies can transform health and care for seniors, children and people with disabilities. In Miami, the Task Force joined Univision and AARP to host a consumer event and also conducted site visits. In Jacksonville, the Task Force partnered with the Mayo Clinic to host the Broadband Health Summit: Building Connected Health and Smart Care Systems in Florida and Beyond.
  • December 2-3, 2014:  Jackson, MS - Day 1 and Day 2

    The Task Force traveled to Mississippi to gather information and data about broadband connectivity, health care access, and telehealth capabilities in rural and underserved parts of the state, and met with a broad range of stakeholders, including clinicians, state and local officials, industry groups, innovators, civic organizations, and consumers/patients in Mississippi. The FCC partnered with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Center for Telehealth and Jackson State University for these events. View Faces of Connected Care: The Mississippi Story video.
  • November 18, 2014Charlottesville, VA

    As part of the first "Beyond the Beltway" visit, the Task Force joined the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth for a discussion on how broadband and new technologies are helping improve healthcare access, especially in rural and underserved areas. The half-day event also included a demonstration of lifesaving technology and explored the broader social and economic benefits of broadband-enabled healthcare.