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Beyond Rural Walls: Identifying Impacts and Interdependencies Among Rural and Urban Spaces - A Survey of Literature
Discusses the economic benefits of broadband distribution and usage in business, education, healthcare, and public safety in rural and urban areas. Describes the interdependencies between rural and urban broadband, and the impact of rural broadband utilization on urban areas.
Author(s): Joshua Seidemann
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
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An Interview with Ajit Pai
Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai discusses the importance of broadband to rural communities, the FCC's work to address rural broadband needs, and how broadband access impacts rural healthcare.
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, 2015-2020
Outlines federal goals, plans, and priorities as they relate to health information technology (HIT) and its application across the U.S. Discusses federal efforts to improve broadband access and HIT infrastructure in all areas, including rural and tribal areas.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Creating Opportunity and Prosperity Through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections
Highlights examples in which regional development organizations can benefit from linking rural regions with urban centers. Includes information on broadband development and its implication for improving access to healthcare services.
Author(s): Brian Dabson, Erin Meyers
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Telecommunications: Projects and Policies Related to Deploying Broadband in Unserved and Underserved Areas
Shares options for broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas. Identifies alternative approaches to expanding rural broadband and factors to consider when planning a broadband project. Identifies economic, legal, and policy issues. Describes FCC efforts to foster broadband deployment in unserved areas. Appendix includes brief case studies.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Broadband Needs, Challenges, and Opportunities in Rural America
Slides presented at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Broadband Workshop in March of 2014 describing the characteristics, demographics, opportunities, and challenges affecting rural America's broadband needs.
Author(s): Chuck Fluharty
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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An Interview with Leila Samy
Interview with the Rural Health IT Coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Leila Samy, about her personal journey to rural health and health IT and the importance of IT in improving rural healthcare.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Small Idaho Hospital Achieves "Most Wired" Status
Reports on Syringa Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) located in Grangeville, Idaho, that was recognized as a national leader in adopting information technology, earning the "Most Wired" status from the American Hospital Association.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Progress and Challenges with the Implementation and Use of Electronic Health Records among Critical Access Hospitals
Analyzes the adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Highlights challenges faced to adoption, including broadband speeds and access.
Author(s): Meghan Hufstader Gabriel, Michael F. Furukawa, Emily B. Jones, Jennifer King, Leila K. Samy
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Broadband Availability Beyond the Rural / Urban Divide
Compares rural and urban broadband availability based on wireless download speeds, including those fast enough to allow for more advanced applications such as telemedicine.
Author(s): David Beede, Anne Neville
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Telecommunications and Information Administration
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