FCC outlines key barriers to its health investment

By Brian Dolan

Following the FCC's Dr. Mohit Kaushal, health care director for the National Broadband Taskforce, keynote presentation at the mHI event in Washington DC last week (our live coverage), ReadWriteWeb caught up with Kaushal to get a better sense of the key issues that give the FCC pause when it comes to strengthening their investment in health IT. Here's a quick redux:

1) Connectivity between health systems is still a barrier that needs to be overcome
2) Reimbursement incentives and regulations have stunted the adoption rate of EMRs
3) Wireless users are putting more demand on data networks because of heavy applications like video and imaging

Kaushal suggests that the US:

1) Invest in its wireless infrastructure to meet the need
2) Allocate spectrum to enable specific areas of growth (Ed Note: assumedly that include mHealth)
3) Create new regulations with an eye toward incentives and care delivery innovations

Be sure to read this contributed article by Polka's Mike Kirkwood over at ReadWriteWeb

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