Health and Media

Communications technology-enabled solutions that can play an important role in the transformation of healthcare. Media coverage of health issues. And the impact of various media on health.

Broadband 4 All

Nov 2 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
National Union Building, 918 F Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition will convene Broadband4All: Universal Service Symposium on the future of anchor institutions and the Universal Service Fund (USF) on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Your apps are making you miserable

Location:
USA, United States

If you want to be happier, you might want to ditch your phone. It may be common knowledge that spending too much time on social media leads to disappointment with yourself, but according to data from Moment, an iPhone app that tracks app usage, there isn’t a single app that makes you feel good for spending more, rather than less, time on it.

Broadband & Healthcare -- Just What the Doctor Ordered

Location:
USA, United States

Broadband infrastructure can help plug some of the leaks in rural healthcare services.

President Trump touts Veterans Affairs 'tele-health' program with new appointment scheduling application

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump touted a new program to increase veterans' electronic access to medical care as part of a broader tele-health push at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

GAO Report: Telehealth: Use in Medicare and Medicaid

Location:
Government Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

Do Medicare and Medicaid pay when beneficiaries use two-way video visits to get care from their doctors? It depends. Medicare pays for some two-way video visits—referred to as "telehealth"—if the patients connect from rural health facilities.

C2H Task Force Releases Data Update for Broadband Health Map

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force announced updates to its Mapping Broadband Health in America platform.

Commissioner Clyburn Statement on Data Update for Broadband Health Map

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

I am pleased that the Commission is demonstrating its continued commitment to the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force and the Mapping Broadband Health in America platform with the release of today’s update.

House Oversight Subcommittee Examines Federal Health Care Cybersecurity Efforts in Wake of ‘WannaCry'

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep Tim Murphy (R-PA), held a hearing examining the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) role in cybersecurity efforts within the health care sector.

FCC Addresses E-rate, Rural Healthcare Petitions

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice on May 31, 2017 granting, denying and dismissing various petitions related to actions taken by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) on the E-rate program and rural healthcare. Petitions for reconsideration or applications for review of these decisions must be filed within 30 days of the Public Notice.

Telecommunication Policies May Have Unintended Health Care Consequences

Location:
Health Affairs Blog, 7500 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD, 20814, United States
Recommendation:
3

Reverting back to a voluntary approach to network neutrality potentially threatens the well-being of many people, particularly those at risk for health disparities due to low income or rural residency.

Filing Urges Changes to USF Funded FCC Rural Healthcare-Broadband Programs

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

TeleQuality filed comments urges changes to the Federal Communications Commission rural healthcare-broadband programs, arguing that the Universal Service Fund (USF) rural healthcare, telecom and e-rate schools and libraries programs would be more effective if they did not operate as isolated silos.

USAC Announces that Qualifying Rural Health Care Program Applicants Will Not Receive Full Funding

Location:
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), 2000 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

After a comprehensive review of funding request forms (FCC Forms 462 and 466) received during the second filing window period for FY2016 (i.e., September 1 – November 30, 2016), USAC will begin issuing funding commitment letters (FCLs) on April 10, based on the total dollar value of all qualifying funding requests received during the September – November 2016 filing window period.

Rural Health Care Program: Solutions to Connect Our Rural Communities

Apr 20 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

This webinar is free and open to the public.

Smartphones can deliver vital public services

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Beyond communication, smartphones have become indispensable for everything from banking to transportation in the decade since the launch of the iPhone.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Clyburn at the 5th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Previously I have asked, what additional steps can the Federal Communications Commission take to maximize the benefits and opportunities, of the agency’s Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF).

Chairman Pai Statement On Broadband Health And The Connect2Health Task Force

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement on his visit to the Cleveland Clinic and the continued work of the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force.

Statement of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on the Continuation of the Connect2Health Task Force

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Over the past three years, the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force has been on the cutting edge of examining the intersection of broadband, advanced technology and health.

Health IT: HHS Should Assess the Effectiveness of Its Efforts to Enhance Patient Access to and Use of Electronic Health Information

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

The Department of Health and Human Services wants all Americans to be able to access their health records electronically.

No Health Insurance Is Hard. No Phone? Unthinkable.

Location:
Springville, UT, United States
Recommendation:
2

As the health care debate thundered away in Washington, Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) stirred up a social media squall by suggesting that uninsured Americans should invest in their own health care “rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love.”

Sen King Leads Letter Calling on FCC to Protect Broadband Funding for Rural Healthcare Clinics

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Angus King (I-ME) led five of his colleagues, including Sen Susan Collins (R-ME), in sending a bipartisan letter calling on the Federal Communications Commission to work to avoid cuts or spending reductions to the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program, which helps deliver vital health care services and telemedicine to people who live in rural areas by providing funding for broadband.

MacArthur Foundation Names 8 Semifinalists in 100&Change Grant Competition

Location:
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 140 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL, 60603-5285, United States
Recommendation:
2

Eight bold solutions to critical social problems were named semi-finalists in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from MacArthur. The proposals include 1) providing libraries and learners free digital access to four million books, 2) educating children displaced by conflict and persecution, and 3) providing virtual access to specialist medical care for underserved US patients.

OSTP Exit Memo: A Progress Report on America’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Enterprise

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

A look at the impact of the Obama Administration had reinvigorating the American scientific and technological enterprise, including to help build a more effective, efficient, and innovative government. This memo highlights 20 science and technology frontiers where future investment and cross-sector collaboration will drive American innovation in the decades ahead.

French Law Giving Workers 'The Right To Disconnect' Goes Into Effect

Location:
France, France
Recommendation:
3

If you've been glued to your smart phone checking work email throughout the holiday season, you might want to consider relocating. French workers will have the "right to disconnect" outside of work hours, thanks to a new law going into effect Jan 1.

New Report: Health Wearable Devices Pose New Consumer and Privacy Risks

Location:
Center for Digital Democracy, 1220 L Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

Personal health wearable devices that consumers are using to monitor their heart rates, sleep patterns, calories, and even stress levels raise new privacy and security risks.

FCC's Broadband Health Project Readying Report

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

"Disconnectivity" -- and specifically its locations -- has emerged as a major hurdle as the "Connect2HealthFCC" project prepares to submit its report within coming weeks.

Foundation for Rural Service: Aging in Place and the Role of Broadband

Location:
Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Foundation for Rural Service and the Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative published an issue on Aging in Place and the Role of Broadband as part of their Rural Telecom Educational Series.

The future of health information technology in a Trump presidency

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Under Trump’s Administration, no other sector will undergo as many fundamental changes as healthcare. President-elect Trump’s healthcare policies have been particularly vague; although he is intent on repealing Affordable Care Act, we are not certain about his solutions for replacing it, other than the proposal to allow health insurers to compete in multiple states.

Mobile innovation will help 2 billion more people get access to healthcare and education

Location:
BIMA, Stockholm, Sweden
Recommendation:
3

From music to movies, from banking to buying food, mobile phones have revolutionized the way we access the world today. But for low-income consumers in emerging markets, the full potential of mobile financial services is yet to be unlocked, a new report suggests.

Could Facebook actually be good for you?

Location:
University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA, 92093, United States
Recommendation:
3

People who are well liked on Facebook may also be healthier, according to a study that linked people’s activity on the social network to their lifespans. This could be another blow against the increasingly unstable position that digital media is inherently dangerous.

Telemedicine is becoming more widespread

Location:
American Telemedicine Association, 1100 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

In 2015, more than 15 million Americans received some kind of virtual medical care, according to the American Telemedicine Association. The trade group expects the number to jump by 30 percent in 2016.

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