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.
Rural Health Care (RHC) Program funding requests reached a historic high of $377.64M in FY2015, and demand may exceed the $400M funding cap in FY2016 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).
To fairly distribute future RHC Program funding, the FCC just announced two additional filing window periods for FY2016. The next filing window period is from September 1 – November 30, 2016. If funding remains, the third filing window period will be from February 1 – April 30, 2017.
Healthcare providers are strongly encouraged to submit their funding requests (i.e., FCC Forms 462 and 466) by November 30, 2016, the last day of the upcoming FY2016 filing window period.
The Mapping Broadband Health in America tool allows users to visualize, overlay and analyze broadband and health data at the national, state and county levels. The maps are an interactive experience, enabling detailed study of the intersection between connectivity and health for every county in the United States. The resulting maps can be used by both public and private sectors, and local communities, to identify opportunities and gaps in connectivity and care.
California Telehealth Network (CTN) is proud to announce Eric Brown, Chief Executive Officer, as the recipient of the California State Fair 2016 Technology Champion of the Year Award.
The State Fair annually recognizes the accomplishments and service of key individuals or organizations through a series of awards that are publicly recognized and honored at the Friends of the California State Fair Gala, which was held on Thursday, June 23.
New ethical guidance adopted today at the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Annual Meeting will help physicians understand how their fundamental responsibilities may play out differently when patient interactions occur through telemedicine, compared to traditional patient interactions at a medical office or hospital.
Since 2013, the California Telehealth Resource Center and the California Telehealth Network have brought together leaders in the telehealth industry to discuss best practices, new technologies, success stories, and advancements in telehealth. This year’s conference took place in San Diego from April 17-19th and the theme was “Connect. Collaborate. Communicate.” Leaders got together to connect on issues facing telehealth, collaborate on how to address them and communicate new ideas and fresh perspectives to change communities.
The California Telehealth Network (CTN), led by President and CEO Eric Brown, is being honored by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) as a recipient of the 2016 Innovations in Networking Award for Broadband Applications.
In California, the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act adds a possible extra layer of privacy protection. The law requires those who collect healthcare information to safeguard the data. But the law may not apply to all mobile applications.