Archive for August 2016

HHS Submits Report to Congress on E-Health and Telemedicine

On August 19, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted a report on E-health and Telemedicine to the Committees on Appropriations of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  The report explains ways that advances in telecommunications can improve access to care and improve care quality, effectiveness, and outcomes.  This report was prepared by HHS upon request by Congress in December 2015.

The report identifies policy challenges that currently are limiting expansion of telehealth use.  These barriers include reimbursement, licensure, privileging and credentialing, and broadband connectivity.  The report also identifies Federal telehealth activity and the current HHS legislative proposal.

To read the report: https://aspe.hhs.gov/pdf-report/report-congress-e-health-and-telemedicine

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Mapping Broadband Health in America – FCC Mapping Tool

On August 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a new mapping tool that allows users to visualize, overlay, and analyze broadband and health data at the national, state, and county levels.  The tool called: Mapping Broadband Health in America, was launched by the FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force and utilizes data captured from the FCC, GeoLytics, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

To access the interactive tool, click HERE.

FCC Press Release: FCC Connect2Health Task Force Unveils Broadband Health Mapping Tool

To learn more about the Mapping tool: https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/maps/connect2health/background.html

Video Tutorials: https://www.fcc.gov/health/maps/tutorials

Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.fcc.gov/health/maps/faq

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