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Understanding the importance of broadband for telehealth

Explanation of the standards and safeguards

How it fits together for better healthcare


Every facet of our daily life is touched by broadband and the Internet …





And … Healthcare!!

What is broadband
What is Broadband?

What is broadband?

Broadband refers to high speed internet access

Typically measured in bandwidth

Crucial for the advancement of telehealth

Requirements broadband and telehealth
Requirements : Broadband and Telehealth

Reliable connectivity

Explicit quality of service (QoS)

 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), security and encryption


Broadband deployment
Broadband Deployment

Investment in our future

FCC Rural Health Care Pilot program

Building a backbone

Ctn key specifications
CTN Key Specifications

  • Mesh connectivity

  • Prioritization by medical need

  • Security envelope

  • Favorable rates

  • Goal to expand to 2,000 Sites

What makes ctn unique
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

Broadband enabled healthcare benefits
Broadband Enabled Healthcare Benefits

Improve access

Cost savings

Improve communications

Empower individuals

Better care

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)

Telehealth supporting education
Telehealth – Supporting Education

Educational programs for providers and patients

Access able up to date information for providers

Electronic health record
Electronic Health Record

  • EMR

    • Electronic Medical Record

  • EHR

    • Electronic Health Record

  • PHR

    • Personal Health Record

Meaningful use
Meaningful Use

What is meaningful use?

EHR Financial incentives

Regional Extension Centers

Health information exchange
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

Distributed technology enabled health care system
Distributed, technology-Enabled Health Care System

The integration of

health services and processes

Giving you better care!

Health Information Exchange

Disaster response
Disaster Response

  • Natural disasters

    • Flood, Earthquake

  • Public health Issues

    • Epidemic response

  • Additional information
    Additional Information

    American Telemedicine Association


    Improved access


    EHR and HIE