National Broadband Plan

By Brian Dolan September 25, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a public briefing this week with its mHealth Task Force, which formed just this past June to work with various other healthcare professionals and technologists to create a report full of "concrete" next steps that the FCC (and other agencies) can take to facilitate the adoption and acceleration of mHealth in the United States. The task force co-...
By Brian Dolan July 18, 2011
The American Telemedicine Assocation (ATA) sent a public letter to the FCC last week, criticizing the agency for inaction on a rural healthcare program. The letter was signed by ATA CEO Jonathan D. Linkous and addressed to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. In the sixteen months since the commission adopted the National Broadband plan, according to Linkous, there has been a "great silence" on the...
By Brian Dolan June 24, 2010
If you travel as much as I do you've no doubt seen air traffic controllers setting up the wheel chocks in front of and behind airplanes' wheels. While I'm sure those little chocks are a last line of defense for an errant airplane, it always seems to me their removal would result in a rolling 747. Here's a relatively simple idea that would get the massive mobile health opportunity rolling. This...
By Brian Dolan April 27, 2010
Last week the US Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing titled “Aging in Place: The National Broadband Plan and Bringing Health Care Technology Home.” The hearing focused on the  benefits of remote patient monitoring, the need for more broadband, the special health care needs of the senior population and the obstacles presented by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”)...
By Brian Dolan April 7, 2010
Can broadband really save healthcare? So asks a recent column from HealthLeaders, which parsed apart the healthcare related chapter in the FCC's recently published National Broadband Plan. (Check out excerpts from the plan that we published here, here and here.) HealthLeaders points out that technology alone is not the answer to healthcare's woes -- an oft sung song that, we admit, deserves an...
By Brian Dolan March 18, 2010
One federal agency suggesting ways that another federal agency might better do its job is commonplace in Washington D.C., but it's of particular interest for this editor when the topic is mobile health. Within the FCC's 360 page National Broadband Plan, which it unveiled earlier this week, there is a full chapter and some two dozen pages about healthcare. The FCC calls connected health "eCare"...
By Brian Dolan March 16, 2010
While few mobile health companies or services are specifically named within the FCC's 360-page  National Broadband Plan, which it published this morning, one "newly released" smartphone application received high praise from the agency as a "glimpse" of the potential equipping consumers with health data can have on health outcomes. According to AsthmaMD's website, medical doctor and researcher Sam...
By Brian Dolan March 16, 2010
The FCC published its 360-page National Broadband Plan today and it includes a 25 page chapter on broadband and healthcare. We pulled out one section that focuses on mobile networks and "the Future of Health" that summarizes much of the activity ongoing in the mobile health industry today. The FCC points to physicians using smartphones for remote diagnosis; consumers using mobile devices for...