Bruce P. Mehlman
The Internet Innovation Alliance is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aim to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to the critical tool that is broadband Internet. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that support equal opportunity for universal broadband availability and adoption so that everyone, everywhere can seize the benefits of the Internet - from education to health care, employment to community building, civic engagement and beyond.
“The more Americans that have access to and use broadband technology, the stronger, more competitive we are as a nation. Broadband enhances the economy, improves the quality of life and can serve as the bridge that brings rural America into the economic mainstream. With the help of policy makers and industry leaders, universal broadband is now within reach.”
– Honorary IIA Chairman Rick Boucher
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One of the greatest challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system is to provide quality care to the large segment of the population, which does not have access to specialty physicians because of factors such as geographic limitations or socioeconomic conditions. The use of technology to deliver health care from a distance, or telemedicine, has been demonstrated as an effective way of overcoming certain barriers to care, particularly for communities located in rural and remote areas. In addition, telemedicine can ease the gaps in providing crucial care for those who are underserved, principally because of a shortage of sub-specialty providers. At the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health), the use of telecommunications technology for the purpose of improving health care delivery to rural and underserved populations of Texas has been part of one of its core programs since the mid 1990s. Since 1995, clinicians and researchers at UTMB have been testing, refining and utilizing telemedicine and telehealth technologies to improve and develop telemedicine – solving the problems of access to quality medical care.
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