Turner-Lee N, Smedley B, Miller J. 2012. Minorities, mobile broadband and the management of chronic diseases. Washington, DC: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 13 pp.
Annotation: This report summarizes an April 2011 roundtable discussion to consider the potential of mobile broadband technologies, telemedicine, and online health applications to help communities of color and healthcare providers access information and tools to more effectively prevent, diagnose, and manage chronic diseases such as asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. It examines the potential of mobile broadband technologies to help address disparities in availability and access to health care in unserved/underserved areas. Topics include the cost of chronic disease in the health care system, innovative mobile resources, and challenges of mobile broadband. It discusses policy recommendations in the areas of expanding the availability of primary care physicians, ensuring universal access to mobile broadband, reforming regulatory barriers to treatment, creating incentives for physicians to use broadband technologies and electronic health records, as well as promoting consumer education and awareness.
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Keywords: Access to health care, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Health care delivery, Medical technology, Minorities, Telemedicine, Underserved communities