FCC Evaluates Rural Health Broadband Efforts
For example, the report found that consortium applications are more efficient because they allow several providers to share the administrative, network design and other costs.
Consortiums foster coordination of care networks and give smaller providers access to access to experts and resources of larger providers. In addition, the consortiums used bulk buying and competitive bidding to provide leverage for large numbers of geographically disperse provider sites that can usually result in higher bandwidth, lower prices and better service.
While the stated purpose of the project is to improve quality and reduce costs in rural areas, the pilot found that the urban partners are a critical piece of the puzzle. "Broadband networks often bring to patients in rural areas the additional medical expertise, creativity, technical know-how, and innovation available in large urban medical centers. The leadership, technical and medical expertise, and administrative resources provided by urban health care providers also have proved central to the success of many Pilot projects."
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