News and Events
Connectivity & Health Snapshots
The Connect2HealthFCC maps provide a high level snapshot of the current state of affairs at the intersection of broadband, connectivity and health in various states across the country. Virginia is the first map in our series and is a follow-up to the Task Force visit to Charlottesville in late 2014. Here you can interact with and begin to experience Virginia's story of health and connectivity. Learn more and provide feedback.
Blog: Technology Has Heart
Heart disease is a critical health issue in the United States. At the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, our goal is to better enable the use of broadband and advanced technologies to help consumers get well and stay healthy.
Funding Sources for Broadband-Enabled Health Care: Financial support available for initiatives connecting broadband services and health care delivery.
Tips and Information
- Telehealth Offers Tech Tools for Living Independently
- Stay Heart Healthy with Broadband Technologies and Apps
- Things to Ask Your Doctor About Digital Health
- More for Consumers
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for future posts.
A Re-conceptualization of Access for 21st Century Healthcare,
Journal of General Internal Medicine, November 2011
This paper provides an overview of digital “encounterless” utilization, discusses the weaknesses of traditional conceptual frameworks of access, presents a new access framework, provides recommendations for how to measure access in the new framework, and discusses future directions for research on access.
About the Task Force
Connect2HealthFCC is exploring the intersection of broadband, advanced technology and health and further charting the broadband future of health care – serving as an umbrella for all FCC health-oriented activities to help enable a healthier America.
“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
“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
“Connecting everyone, everywhere through broadband and advanced technologies to the people, services and information they need to get well and stay healthy is our vision.” – P. Michele Ellison, Chair