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Resources by Topic: Broadband

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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Summary of FCC's Rural Health Care Program
Describes aspects of the Rural Health Care Program, which works to ensure that eligible health care providers have access to telecommunications and broadband services.
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Broadband for Rural America: Economic Impacts and Economic Opportunities
Describes the technology challenges in rural areas, includes a focus on internet speeds. Discusses the role of telecommunications in healthcare delivery through telemedicine and other technologies.
Date: 10/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hudson Institute
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Broadband Access in Rural America
Provides an overview of the need for adequate broadband access in rural America and makes recommendations to support a national policy that promotes rural access to affordable and appropriate broadband systems.
Author(s): Norma Bowyer
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Wireline Competition Bureau Evaluation of Rural Health Care Pilot Program: Staff Report
Discusses the Rural Health Care Pilot Program which has helped healthcare providers obtain broadband capability to implement telemedicine and telehealth applications.
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Economic Contribution of Telecommunication Companies Serving Greater Minnesota: A Report of the Economic Impact Analysis Program University of Minnesota Extension
Focuses on the economic contribution of telecommunication companies with customers in Greater Minnesota. Analyzes survey results to calculate the economic contribution of the industry to sales and employment including health and human services.
Author(s): Brigid Tuck, Bruce Schwartau, Ryan Pesch
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Extension
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2012 Minnesota Internet Survey: Digital Divide 2.0 and beyond
Reports on access to high-speed internet service in both rural and urban Minnesota in 2012. Includes a discussion of the trends, costs, time spent online, and reasons for not having Internet access at home.
Additional links: Data Collection Methodology Report
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Connecting Rural Wisconsin: The Economic Necessity of Broadband
Discusses why broadband access is critical to the future development of rural counties. Benefits include improved access to healthcare, more higher education options, improved public safety, and a stronger infrastructure.
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Technology Council
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Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Update to Report on a Rural Broadband Strategy
Update to the 2009 Rural Broadband Report describing broadband deployment and adoption in rural areas. Discusses telecommunications needs of rural healthcare providers.
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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