Connect2HealthFCC Beyond the Beltway Series: Ohio

9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Cleveland, Ohio

The Connect2HealthFCC Task Force traveled to Cleveland, Ohio on October 26, 2015 as part of its "Beyond the Beltway Series." The various broadband health events and activities were hosted and/or co-sponsored by Cleveland Clinic, the Global Center for Health Innovation, and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

As demonstrated in prior Task Force Beyond the Beltway events, broadband connectivity can serve as the backbone of a new, more effective and efficient health and care ecosystem. Ohio is a key focus state in this context, with significant health disparities and connectivity gaps. According to the 2014 Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 20% of households in Ohio report no broadband connection at home. In the urban center of Cleveland, the percentage of households without high speed Internet connectivity increases to 34%.

The focus in Cleveland was 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.

October 26, 2015 - Cleveland, Ohio

Broadband Shaping the Future of Health and Care: Cleveland

This FCC-sponsored Roundtable, in partnership with Cleveland Clinic and the HIMSS Innovation Center, included a discussion of how broadband technology is shaping the future of health and care in a major urban city, Cleveland, and examined how new and emerging broadband-enabled health technologies and solutions can potentially be used to reduce health disparities, especially in traditionally underserved urban communities. Key participants in the recent Cleveland Medical Hackathon shared innovative connected solutions. The C2HFCC Task Force will use the comments, data, and information gathered from this meeting to inform and formulate potential recommendations to the FCC with respect to future policy and regulatory actions concerning the broadband future of health and care. View the complete agenda and Roundtable program.


  • Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor Presentation
    Jeff Epstein, Director, Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor
  • Emerging Inequality in Adoption and Use of the Personal Health Record at a Large Urban Safety Net Care System Presentation
    Adam T. Perzynski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Center for Health Care Research and Policy, MetroHealth, Case Western Reserve University
  • Overview of Emerging Mobile and Communications-based Health and Healthcare Solutions, Presentation
    John Sharp, MSSA, PMP, FHIMSS, Senior Manager, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS
  • Community Health Improvement Through Broadband Technology: Promise & Perils Presentation
    Amy Sheon, Ph.D., MPH, Director, Urban Health Initiative, Case Western Reserve University
  • The Silver PACER - Patient Activation & Community Engagement Resources Presentation
    Heather Blonsky, Systems Analyst, Quality Improvement Data, Cleveland Clinic
    John Iosub, Lead Systems Analyst, Care Management Division, Cleveland Clinic
    Robert B. Watson, CT PMP, Cleveland Clinic
  • Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby - Health Risk Assessment Presentation
    Sarah Shick, Research Associate, Center for Health Care Research and Policy, MetroHealth, Case Western Reserve University
    Adam T. Perzynski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Center for Health Care Research and Policy, MetroHealth, Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland HealthPulse Presentation
    Commissioner Myron Bennett Vinothini "Vino" Sundaram, Epidemiologist, Office of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology Cleveland Department of Public Health

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Addressed 2015 Medical Innovation Summit

Commissioner Clyburn provided a keynote address at Cleveland Clinic's 2015 Medical Innovation Summit, focused on the transformative role of connectivity in health. Read her remarks.

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