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Virginia Covering the “Last Mile” with Rural Broadband Grants

Last month Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced more than $18.3 million in grants to address the broadband gap in underserved areas and increase access to healthcare and other necessary services. “Broadband is a necessity for communities to attract business, for students to use educational resources, and for Virginians to receive healthcare through telemedicine,” Northam said […]

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FCC Report Identifies More Challenges to Telehealth

For many people in rural communities, the Internet access that those of us in urban and suburban areas take for granted still remains inaccessible—which can make expanding access to telehealth, a solution that can help to alleviate the burden that chronic disease places on so many rural areas, decidedly challenging. As Telecompetitor first reported, the […]

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The Circle that is Telehealth

As telehealth continues to gain in popularity, many have championed it as an answer to the rural health care provider shortage. However, one well-known challenge continually arises: telehealth requires Internet of some sort; more specifically, a high-speed connection. For more developed communities, Internet access isn’t particularly hard to come by. The same is not true, […]

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South Carolina Works to Expand Broadband, Telehealth in Rural Areas

It’s been well established that access to high-quality telehealth care is virtually impossible, whether a patient is located at home or in a hospital, without access to high-quality broadband Internet. And it’s been equally well established that, while progress has been made when it comes to the expansion of U.S. broadband infrastructure, work remains to […]

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VA, T-Mobile Team Up on Wireless Access

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has long been a leader in the use of telemedicine and remote monitoring to treat its patients. Indeed, in 2015, the agency’s providers completed more than 2.1 million telehealth visits, 45 percent of which were with rural patients. Now, the agency is teaming up with one of the nation’s […]

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FCC Connected Care Pilot: AHA Weighs In

In recent months, telemedicine advocacy groups have increasingly turned their attention to the importance of expanding broadband access in rural communities—particularly since reports have indicated that more than 30 million Americans still lack access to high-speed broadband Internet, including as many as 39 percent of people residing in rural areas, making high-quality telemedicine care next […]

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House, Senate Pass Conference Opioid Legislation

More than 42,000 people across the country died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2016, according to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. With these statistics in mind, lawmakers in both parties and on both sides of the Capitol are seeking legislative solutions, with both the […]

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Advocacy Groups Voice Support for 5G Bill

In recent months, telemedicine advocacy groups have increasingly turned their attention to the importance of expanding broadband access in rural communities. Reports have indicated that more than 30 million Americans still lack access to high-speed broadband Internet, including as many as 39 percent of people residing in rural areas, making high-quality telemedicine care next to […]

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FCC Steps Up Investment in Telehealth for Low-Income Americans

It’s been well established that access to high-quality telehealth care is virtually impossible without access to high-quality broadband Internet. And it’s been equally well established that, while progress has been made when it comes to the expansion of U.S. broadband infrastructure, work remains to be done in terms of getting people connected. Indeed, studies have […]

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High Suicide Rates Among Farmers Raise Concern

For today’s farmers, a combination of reduced commodity prices, extreme weather events that affect crops, and rural health-care access challenges are all contributing to what, essentially, amounts to a mental health crisis. As CBS News first reported, 2016 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that suicide rates among people living […]

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