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  1. The importance of Broadband for Health care Delivery Linda Fischer, mcsa

  2. Objectives: Understanding the importance of broadband for telehealth Explanation of the standards and safeguards How it fits together for better healthcare

  3. Broadband Every facet of our daily life is touched by broadband and the Internet … Communications Commerce Education Entertainment And … Healthcare!!

  4. What is Broadband? What is broadband? Broadband refers to high speed internet access Typically measured in bandwidth Crucial for the advancement of telehealth

  5. Requirements : Broadband and Telehealth Reliable connectivity Explicit quality of service (QoS)  Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), security and encryption Integration

  6. Broadband Deployment Investment in our future FCC Rural Health Care Pilot program Building a backbone

  7. FCC Rural health care Pilot Program

  8. CTN Key Specifications • Mesh connectivity • Prioritization by medical need • Security envelope • Favorable rates • Goal to expand to 2,000 Sites

  9. What makes CTN Unique? • “Any to Any” network • Any site can make direct connection to any other site • System defines and manages traffic • Prioritizes traffic type by medical need • Creates a “security envelope” • Security utilities, Web content filtering, and no transit of patient information over the public Internet • Favorable rates • Standardized rates regardless of site’s location

  10. Broadband Enabled Healthcare Benefits Improve access Cost savings Improve communications Empower individuals Better care

  11. Telehealth/Telemedicine • Telehealth • The ability to deliver health –related services and information through telecommunications technologies. • Telemedicine • The use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status • Source: American Telemedicine Association (ATA)

  12. Telehealth – Supporting Education Educational programs for providers and patients Access able up to date information for providers

  13. Electronic Health Record • EMR • Electronic Medical Record • EHR • Electronic Health Record • PHR • Personal Health Record

  14. Meaningful Use What is meaningful use? EHR Financial incentives Regional Extension Centers

  15. Health Information Exchange A collaboration between health care providers that allows them to electronically share clinical information Protocols for safe disclosure Physicians' and Patient Perspective

  16. Health Information Exchange

  17. Distributed, technology-Enabled Health Care System The integration of health services and processes Giving you better care! Health Information Exchange

  18. Disaster Response • Natural disasters • Flood, Earthquake • Public health Issues • Epidemic response

  19. Additional Information American Telemedicine Association

  20. Summary Improved access Telehealth EHR and HIE