FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced the formation of a new Commission Task Force called CONNECT2HEALTHFCC.
Wheeler says the effort “will bring together the expertise of the FCC on the critical intersection of broadband, advanced technology and health.”
Michele Ellison, chief of the FCC’s enforcement bureau, has been named as the task force’s chairperson.
Specifically, the CONNECT2HEALTHFCC Task Force will consider ways to accelerate the adoption of health care technologies by leveraging broadband and other next-gen communications services.
To advance this broad initiative, Ms. Ellison will work hand in hand with the leadership of the Commission, in particular with the FCC’s Director of Health Care Initiatives and the Chiefs of the Wireline and Wireless Bureaus and Office of Engineering and Technology. Ms. Ellison will also collaborate with public and private stakeholders in the health care and technology space.
“The Commission’s top priority must be to make networks work for everyone,” says Wheeler. “Broadband itself is not the goal – it’s what broadband enables. We must leverage all available technologies to ensure that advanced health care solutions are readily accessible to all Americans, from rural and remote areas to underserved inner cities. By identifying regulatory barriers and incentives and building stronger partnerships with stakeholders in the areas of tele-health, mobile applications, and telemedicine, we can expedite this vital shift.”