Rural health care and telemedicine could get a boost from Microsoft’s new broadband strategy

Jul 14, 2017   |   Bill Briggs

A medical provider looks at scans during a telemedicine patient call.

Microsoft’s call Tuesday for a new strategy to close the U.S. rural broadband gap could push the power of telemedicine to additional underserved communities.

In a new white paper, Microsoft explains how better access to broadband will improve telemedicine and telehealth projects, advancing access and health care in rural America. For example, Utah health care providers using telemedicine have increased their range of coverage and their ability to remotely diagnose medical issues, helping overcrowded hospitals.

Microsoft is prepared to invest its own resources to serve as a catalyst for broader market adoption of this new model, says Microsoft President Brad Smith. Among those resources: Microsoft’s Rural Airband Initiative, which will invest in partnerships with telecommunications companies with the goal of bringing broadband connectivity to 2 million people in rural America by 2022.

Learn more at the Microsoft Health blog.

Bill Briggs
Microsoft News Center Staff

 

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