BROADBAND ENHANCES HEALTHCARE

From digital viewing of x-rays, test results, or scans to sharing electronic medical records, broadband is a necessity—not a luxury— for maintaining quality healthcare for all residents of our county. High-speed broadband allows instant access to medical specialists, the use of Internet-enabled diagnostic devices (blood pressure cuffs, diabetes management, respiration measurement, etc.) as well as sensor-based home monitoring. With adequate broadband access, healthcare providers can utilize telemedicine, where providers in one location are able to confer with patients and providers at another location.

The availability of telemedicine also impacts recruitment and retention of healthcare providers who value living in rural communities, but wish to practice medicine with the same quality of care available in urban hospitals. In addition, broadband-powered telemedicine gives rural patients access to specialists and services that are typically available only in more urban areas.

As rural parts of the county are home to a growing elderly population, broadband access is imperative for convenient, affordable healthcare options. These technologies can help keep older adults living independently longer, while the immediate access to specialized care, consultations, and test results from any location provides cost savings to patients by limiting travel and reducing costly overnight stays in other communities.

The impact of broadband in healthcare…

  • immediate access to medical records
  • efficient delivery of care to all residents (urban AND rural)
  • ultimately reduces cost of healthcare
  • win-win for patients and providers
  • more effective use of staff and resources

High speed broadband is fundamentally changing how healthcare services are delivered to residents. With today’s technological advances, broadband is essential in connecting clinics, providers, healthcare systems, and patients.