On August 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force (C2H) unveiled a new mapping tool in support of its efforts to further chart the broadband future of healthcare. The Mapping Broadband Health in America tool enables more efficient, data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health and promotes stakeholder collaboration. By allowing users to ask and answer questions about broadband and health at the county and census block levels, the tool provides valuable data and insights to drive broadband health policies and connected health solutions for this critical space.
Recognizing that technology innovations in clinical practice and care delivery are fundamentally changing the face of health care, C2H has been exploring and analyzing the intersection of broadband, advanced technology, and health. This mapping tool builds on the group’s work and reflects the overarching vision of the Task Force for leveraging broadband in health: “Everyone connected to the people, services, and information they need to get well and stay healthy.”
This event was held in collaboration with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and highlighted a new FCC mapping tool for exploring the potential of connected care and demonstrated how the tool can be used by a variety of stakeholders to identify collaborations – public/private, network/applications, and outreach/education – that improve connectivity and health. Gaps and opportunities in rural and underserved areas were also featured. The event was held at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center.
For media inquiries, contact the C2H Communications Director, Katie Gorscak, at Katie.Gorscak@fcc.gov.
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