Broadband Access Limitations
Some community paramedicine programs use telehealth to connect patients with local providers and pharmacists
during the community paramedic’s in-home visit. Telehealth services often require access to broadband internet.
Unfortunately, rural areas may have limited or unreliable access to broadband internet services, making it
difficult or impossible for program participants to participate in telehealth consultations or remote
To address these issues, some programs have equipped vehicles with Wi-Fi capabilities to ensure patients will be
able to participate in telehealth during their community paramedicine in-home visit. Other programs have
installed Wi-Fi hotspots in patients' homes to allow health screening technology, such as blood pressure and
pulse oxygen monitors, digital scales, and activity trackers, to send necessary data. This technology allows
community paramedics and primary care providers to remotely monitor their patients' health status through
regular data updates.