Applications Driving the Need for Rural Broadband

“If it’s a covered service, then the insurance company should pay for it, whether it is electronically delivered or a face-to-face delivery,” said attorney Michael Keeling. Keeling was referring to recently passed Arizona legislation (Arizona Senate Bill 1353) that puts telemedicine on a level playing field with health care delivered in person. He points out that telemedicine is of four economic drivers (education, economic development and first-responders) for rural broadband.

He indicates an uptake in telemedicine in the 15 states where this sort of parity legislation has already passed. Although this rule is meant to improve the efficiency of health-care delivery, it can also mean the difference life and death in areas where the nearest specialist might be hours away. He points to Mayo Clinic research that shows the benefits of diagnosing stroke victims remotely via a combination of telecommunications and robots.

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2 responses to “Applications Driving the Need for Rural Broadband”

  1. Emmett Smith Avatar
    Emmett Smith

    Be careful what you wish for. Hasn’t the government messed up enough? everything that they touch gets destroyed. After almost destroying the telecom market, do you really want more. Nationwide, 4,000 new state laws take effect in 2014. Enough is enough.

  2. Michael Elling (@Infostack) Avatar

    What are the settlement systems to enable high-def video telemedicine across multiple service provider boundary points? How does the centralized buyer (insurance company, healthcare provider, doctor, etc…) pay for committed, synchronous bandwidth in both directions? This is the only way BB will scale universally as 30-60% of the endpoints won’t have the means to have 10-20 mbs up AND down stream. The same settlement systems or VPNs can be used for teleeducation, telework, etc… Centralized procurement or sponsorship of edge access is the future, but few expect or understand or plan for it.

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