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.

Why is the FCC Talking about a USF Cap?

The Benton Foundation unequivocally opposes any proposals from the Federal Communications Commission that would allow the FCC to shirk its responsibilities to meet its Congressionally-mandated mission. The FCC is supposed to ensure:

FCC Announces Availability of Unused Funds to Increase Rural Health Care Program Funding for FY 2019

In June 2018, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to address increasing demand in the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program. Specifically, the FCC: (1) increased the annual RHC Program funding cap; (2) provided for the annual RHC Program

The Limitations of Poor Broadband Internet Access for Telemedicine Use in Rural America: An Observational Study

Fewer than 10% of US physicians practice in rural communities, where 25% of Americans live. Yet, rural Americans may need more health care as they become increasingly older and sicker relative to their urban counterparts.

FCC Takes Steps to Fund All FY 2018 Services in the Rural Health Care Program

With this Order, the Federal Communications Commission takes necessary steps to provide full funding for all eligible services requested from the Rural Health Care universal service support mechanism (RHC Program) for the 2018 funding year (FY).

Telehealth working well for rural Veterans

The job of VA’s Office of Rural Health (ORH) is to increase access to care for the nearly three million Veterans living in rural communities who rely on VA for health care. “Telehealth is a game-changer for rural Veterans,” said Dr.

South Carolina continues to invest in telehealth, but internet connections lag

South Carolina is expanding access to telemedicine — or, put broadly, health care done via the internet.

FCC Provides Guidance on Rural Rates in Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program

The funding year (FY) 2019 application filing window for the Rural Health Care Universal Service Support Mechanism (RHC Program) opened on February 1, 2019 and will run through May 31, 2019. To assist eligible health care providers participating i

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Health IT Now

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Tue, 01/22/2019 - 09:30

As the 116th Congress begins, policymakers on both sides of the aisle are looking for technology-enabled solutions to lower health costs and spur better outcomes for patients. 



The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution

The question we face in the digital age is not how to have it all, but how to maintain valuable activity at a societal price on which we can agree.

Creative Orientation Means Success In Broadband and Telehealth

Two years ago I wrote that community broadband builders have two options for network deployment: they could use the problem-solving approach or the creation orie