Editor’s note: In this TMT interview, Mr. Eric Brown, President and CEO of the California Telehealth Network (CTN), discusses the development and the role of CTN in providing advanced information technologies and services to medically underserved and rural Californians. An independent non-profit 501c3, CTN is one of the largest FCC-funded statewide telehealth networks in the nation, connecting over 750 healthcare provider locations. Read TMT interveiw.
Digital health innovations and applications, including virtual doctor’s appointments and smartphone health apps, can help us live better and longer lives.
But many rural Californians don’t have access to these services as access to broadband internet and access to health care is rapidly becoming one and the same.
More than 5 million Californians live in rural areas and many don’t have enough doctors in their communities, as few as 43 primary care physicians per 100,000 people. Some rural residents are forced to drive hundreds of miles for specialty care. Read full article.
New legislation signed by the President on June 22, 2016, amends the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to include skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) among the list of eligible health care providers (HCPs) in both the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) and Telecommunications Programs.
SNFs can begin applying to the program on January 1, 2017, by submitting their FCC Form 460 (HCF Program) or Form 465 (Telecom Program) to determine eligibility.