Con­nec­t2Health Says ‘Iso­lated’ Coun­ties in Dire Need of Broad­band

Health Data Management - - NEWSLINE - —Fred Baz­zoli

The Con­nec­t2Health Task Force has re­leased an up­date to its re­search on the avail­abil­ity of broad­band health ser­vices, iden­ti­fy­ing coun­ties in the U.S. in which there is a crit­i­cal need for in­creased avail­abil­ity of high-speed In­ter­net ser­vices de­liv­er­ing health­care ser­vices.

The group, sup­port­ing the health tech­nol­ogy ef­forts of the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion, re­leased a new pri­or­ity list of “crit­i­cal need” coun­ties in broad­band and health, which are among those most in need of broad­band health so­lu­tions or are “dig­i­tally iso­lated.”

The find­ings were in­cluded in the group’s up­date of its “Map­ping Broad­band Health in Amer­ica” plat­form, which the fed­eral agency re­leased in June. The new in­for­ma­tion re­flects the lat­est com­plete an­nual fixed broad­band data from the FCC and up­dated health data from the Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion’s County Health Rank­ings.

“As tele­health, telemedicine and other cut­ting-edge mHealth ini­tia­tives gain mo­men­tum across the coun­try, this web-based map­ping plat­form en­ables more ef­fi­cient, data-driven de­ci­sion mak­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of broad­band and health,” says Michele El­li­son, chair of the Con­nec­t2Health FCC Task Force.

The fixed broad­band data in the map­ping up­date was re­leased in De­cem­ber 2016, cov­er­ing data sub­mis­sions as of De­cem­ber 2015. The health data is drawn from the 2017 re­lease of the Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion County Health Rank­ings & Roadmap. This map data up­date pro­vided the Task Force with an op­por­tu­nity to look at broad­band and health data be­tween years.

The group’s es­ti­ma­tion of ar­eas most need­ing broad­band health sup­port are dubbed “The Pri­or­ity 2017” and “Ru­ral Pri­or­ity 2017.” It aims to high­light ar­eas of the coun­try see­ing in­creases in chronic dis­eases and short­ages of med­i­cal ser­vices.

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