Without Quality Broadband, You Don’t Have Telehealth

“Whether you’re in a rural or metropolitan community, you can’t have telehealth without fast, reliable Internet access,” says Eric Bacon, President of AMD Global Telemedicine. “What if you can’t afford broadband or it’s not fast enough to support video conferencing? Telemedicine has proven time and time again to increase access to care, but in order to deliver on telehealth’s promise, adequate bandwidth must be available throughout the continuum of care.”

Only 62 percent of rural Americans have broadband installed in their homes, according to the think tank New America, and those who do often pay exorbitant prices for sluggish speeds.