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FCC Evaluates Rural Health Broadband Efforts

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2012

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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David Hold (8/16/2012 at 9:52 AM)
.I am reading with great interest the comments that you have made on the FCC study in reference to broad band. although i do agree that broad band is a good development in the development of rural health delivery, I find it ridiculous to classify it as the most important aspect of the delivery of good health care in this areas. To a certain extend the telephone carriers have brainwashed us to this notion so the development of this infrastructure can be paid for by the taxpayers for their benefit. Matter of fact a recent study of one of the universities has shown how ridiculous this concept is, considering that this little hospitals do not have the financial ability to pay for the sophisticated diagnostic equipments that this theory calls for. There are more efficient and economically feasible systems that can accomplish better health care in the rural area with the existing infrastructure and that is "preventive healthcare " where the patient can be monitored for the conditions that create complications and use the regional big hospitals to address this issues before it gets critical