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Employ broadband to provide better quality health care and quality of life, at a significantly reduced cost

The National Broadband Plan should direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to:

a.Define and catalog the types of entities that govern, oversee, operate, and/or create policy for the electronic exchange of health information and produce recommendations regarding the appropriate level of consumer participation and requirements for transparency that should apply to them.

b.Require institutions and providers to begin sharing health information electronically.

c.Set standards for electronic exchange of health information; these standards should focus on:

i.Quality improvement;

ii.Care management;


iv.Decision support;

v.Performance data reporting; and

vi.Research and population health initiatives, including disparities reduction efforts.

d.Set standards for federal health information security and confidentiality; standards that should be guided by the following consumer-control principles:

i.Consumers should have easy access to review, add notations, and suggest corrections to existing information in their own records.

ii.Consumers should be able to limit which parts of their health information can be shared with which providers.

iii.Consumers should be able to limit how their personally identifiable medical information is used outside of care delivery (e.g., for research).

iv.Consumers should be able to easily designate others as proxies to act on their behalf (e.g., family member, caregiver, or guardian).

v.Consumers deserve an effective process and infrastructure for monitoring and certifying compliance with these common principles among organizations, initiatives, and technologies.

e.Encourage and facilitate the adoption of state reciprocity agreements for practitioner licensure to expedite the provision across state lines of telehealth services.

f.Expand the list of Medicare telehealth originating sites to include mental health facilities.

g.Include as a home health visit for Medicare purposes telehealth services furnished an individual by a home health agency.

h.Establish a demonstration project to evaluate the impact and benefits of covering remote patient management services for certain chronic health conditions.

i.Acting through the Director of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth of the Health Resources and Services Administration, make grants to expand access via telehealth to health care services for individuals in medically underserved rural, frontier, and urban areas.

j.Work with health plans, employers, HIT vendors, and others to create and

maintain a centralized resource center of grants, loans, insurance savings opportunities, incentive programs, and other financing options for HIT for providers.

k.Establish a consistent methodology for measuring telehealth and health information technology adoption and effective use, and analyzing and reporting data.

l.Allow for electronic prescribing of controlled substances, with appropriate safeguards.

Submitted by cbenton 4 years ago

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  1. Cbenton, please take a look at all of these proposals and explain why a simple dial-up connection wouldn't work just as well? What does this have to do with deploying broadband?

    4 years ago
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  2. cbenton Idea Submitter

    albert.e.manfredi --

    I do not think anyone in the health care community believes we can improve health care outcomes with dial-up connections. Please see the National Broadband Plan workshop on Health Care http://broadband.gov/ws_healthcare.html

    4 years ago
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  3. Well, sorry, but the vast majority of your bulleted items in this post, and the vast majority of your long list of other suggestions, can be realized, or are unrelated to, broadband deployment.

    In health care, there is all manner of imporvements that do not need broadband to achieve. Unless you have to transfer high definition graphics or other very large files, any Internet connection would do fine. So, filling out questionnaires online, for example, or buying prescription drugs, or any number of other things, don't require broadband. If you need to send x-ray images, or video of operations in real time, or perhaps sensor data in real time, then sure.

    An infinitely long list of public-funded program suggestions, the vast majority of which are unrelated to this broadband initiative, in my opinion, just dilutes the effort.

    Also, please read the other suggestions. Many of them overlap with what you have posted.

    4 years ago
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  4. cbenton Idea Submitter

    If you will take the time to watch or read the transcript from the FCC's health care workshop, you'll find that high-bandwidth broadband is needed to address doctor shortages in rural areas and, ultimately, broadband connections are needed in the home to direct doctors directly to patients where they live.

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  5. You can't *employ* until you *deploy*. Let's get back on topic.

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