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Telehealth

Info from MedlinePlus.gov

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is the use of communications technologies to provide health care from a distance. These technologies may include computers, cameras, videoconferencing, the Internet (ideally high-speed internet or broadband), and satellite and wireless communications.

Some examples of telehealth include

  • A “virtual visit” with a health care provider, through a phone call or video chat
  • Remote patient monitoring, which lets your provider check on you while you are at home. For example, you might wear a device that measures your heart rate and sends that information to your provider.
  • A surgeon using robotic technology to do surgery from a different location
  • Sensors that can alert caregivers if a person with dementia leaves the house
  • Sending your provider a message through your electronic health record (EHR)
  • Watching an online video that your provider sent you about how to use an inhaler
  • Getting an email, phone, or text reminder that it’s time for a cancer screening

What is the difference between telemedicine and telehealth?

Sometimes people use the term telemedicine to mean the same thing as telehealth. Telehealth is a broader term. It includes telemedicine. But it also includes things like training for health care providers, health care administrative meetings, and services provided by pharmacists and social workers.

What are the benefits of telehealth?

Some of the benefits of telehealth include

  • Getting care at home, especially for people who can’t easily get to their providers’ offices
  • Getting care from a specialist who is not close by
  • Getting care after office hours
  • More communication with your providers
  • Better communication and coordination between health care providers
  • More support for people who are managing their health conditions, especially chronic conditions such as diabetes
  • Lower cost, since virtual visits may be cheaper than in-person visits

What are the problems with telehealth?

Some of the problems with telehealth include:

  • If your virtual visit is with someone who is not your regular provider, he or she may not have all of your medical history
  • After a virtual visit, it may be up to you to coordinate your care with your regular provider
  • In some cases, the provider may not be able to make the right diagnosis without examining you in person. Or your provider may need you to come in for a lab test.
  • There may be problems with the technology, for example, if you lose the connection, there is a problem with the software, etc.
  • Some insurance companies may not cover telehealth visits


What types of care can I get using telehealth?

The types of care that you can get using telehealth may include

  • General health care, like wellness visits
  • Prescriptions for medicine
  • Dermatology (skin care)
  • Eye exams
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Urgent care conditions, such as sinusitis, urinary tract infections, common rashes, etc.

For telehealth visits, just like with an in-person visit, it is important to be prepared and have good communication with the provider.


See More

Telehealth. Medlineplus.gov. Published 2021. Accessed May 30, 2021. https://medlineplus.gov/telehealth.html

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Buncombe Broadband Expansion

Counties across North Carolina need flexibility to source funding and apply ‘middle-mile’ broadband infrastructure that could be used to lease to ‘last-mile’ providers. Buncombe County is in this category.

Buncombe County Broadband Update

  • What Buncombe County Knows –
    • Importance
    • Challenges
  • Key Activity Updates
    • Buncombe Broadband Workgroup
    • Buncombe Broadband RFP
    • Unserved Parcels in Buncombe County
  • Technologies
    • Mobile broadband
    • Fixed wireless
    • Satellite
    • Cable
    • Fiber
    • DSL
  • What’s next
  • Upcoming opportunities
  • Technology impacts

Buncombe flags Sandy Mush, Broad River for broadband expansion. (2021, May 5). Mountain Xpress. https://mountainx.com/news/buncombe-flags-sandy-mush-broad-river-for-broadband-expansion/

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Imperative Internet – Terri Wells

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Amazon Care Telehealth

Western North Carolina sees a lot of the Amazon vans, darting to efficiently deliver our packages.

Could this same company, Amazon; disrupt telehealth?

The delivery of healthcare?

Doctor on demand?

They are starting with their own employees!

Key Points of the Article Below

  • Amazon will expand its virtual health pilot program, Amazon Care, to all of its U.S. employees starting this summer.
  • The company will also offer the virtual health program as a service for other employers nationally.
  • Amazon Care launched as a pilot program two years ago to provide convenient urgent care visits virtually for the company’s employees in Washington state.

Coombs, B. (2021, March 17). Amazon is expanding Amazon Care telehealth service nationally for its employees and other companies. CNBC; CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/17/amazon-is-expanding-amazon-care-telehealth-service-nationally-for-employees.html

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Help Get Connected

For Telehealth

Broadband is critical infrastructure for healthcare in Western North Carolina.

Help us get connected by taking the North Carolina Broadband Survey.

If we can utilize telehealth then the patients can have a provide visit at their home.

Tammy Cody, Health Director – Madison County

Need To Know About Poor Broadband Service

The NC Broadband Survey is designed to gather information on locations without adequate internet access and speeds in our community.

  • For homes and businesses WITH internet service, visit NCBRoadband.gov/Survey
  • For homes and businesses WITHOUT internet service, text 919-750-0553 (standard text messaging rates will apply)

Your feedback directly impacts grant and infrastructure funding in your community.

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COVID Vaccine – Online Scheduling

Yet Another Demographic of the Digital Divide

Vaccination is important.

But what happens when you use an online-scheduling tool?

Quickly you will realize there is another digital divide demographic; those that:

  • Don’t have technology or hardware access of a smartphone, computer, or email to schedule a vaccination online.
  • Don’t have the knowledge of how to use online scheduling tools like Eventbrite.

Steward your neighbor and help your community by providing broadband access and help; to those below the digital divide.


Vaccine Demand Has Health Officials Turning to Eventbrite. (2021). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/us/covid-vaccine-eventbrite.html

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$7 Billion for Broadband

United States Relief Package

Funding to help improve broadband in the US is coming. States, communities, counties, and cities need to have a framework to apply for this opportunity.

In North Carolina these frameworks can include:

  • NC Broadband Infrastructure Office
  • NC Councils of Governments or county COGs
  • Tribal Groups
  • Rural Electric Cooperatives
  • Tele & Cable Companies
  • Wireless Internet Service Providers
  • Local Broadband Providers
  • Internet Satellite Providers
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Cities and Municipalities

In the Metro Asheville area, there are two entities that advocate for broadband improvements for our economic future:

  • WestNGN for Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties
  • WNC Broadband Project for North Carolina’s western counties

Learn More About the $7B for Broadband

Margaret Harding McGill. (2020, December 21). COVID relief bill provides $7 billion for broadband access. Axios

https://www.axios.com/broadband-access-covid-relief-bill-7-billion-5be48439-c1a4-4927-a0c4-515312a1d281.html

Kelly, M. (2020, December 21). US relief package provides $7 billion for broadband. The Verge.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/21/22193133/us-coronavirus-covid-relief-stimulus-package-broadband-huawei-zte

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Broadband, Biden

Broadband Breakfast Live

The election is behind us. What does the future of broadband have in the future with the Biden Administration?

Listen to the discussion on broadband and the FCC policy future:

  • Drew Clark – Telecom Attorney, The CommLaw Group; Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast, Washington DC-Baltimore Area
  • Scott Wallsten – President and Senior Fellow at Technology Policy Institute, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Mark Jamison, Ph.D. – Research & Education Director, Gainesville, Florida
Broadband Breakfast Live Online on Wednesday, November 11: Broadband and the Joe Biden President-Elect Administration
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Telemedicine’s Future

Telemedicine is defined by Wikipedia as the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.

It allows long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring, and remote admissions.

COVID has brought new visions in the healthcare industry and telemedicine is changing the healthcare landscape:

  1. Telemedicine will become a standard service offered across all care settings
  2. Patients will choose providers, health systems, and hospitals based on telemedicine access
  3. Medical facilities that embrace telemedicine will see business and revenue growth
  4. Telemedicine will become an efficient option for preventative care
  5. Access to specialists will become the norm, which will benefit hospital wait times

With the WNC Broadband Project team we continue to educate the communities on the digital divide and the need for digital inclusion for everybody in WNC to have high speed internet access or broadband for telemedicine to be effectively leveraged.

https://www.modernhealthcare.com/technology/predicting-future-role-telemedicine

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Telehealth for Retirees in WNC

Telehealth is a process of healthcare where a remote patient can use computer applications, telephone or computer audio, or video conferencing technology for healthcare assistance.

Representative Jake Johnson references retirees, COVID, and telehealth in the video snippet below.

Retirement community and broadband

How will telehealth and broadband integrate into our Western North Carolina future?


Disclaimer

The WNC Broadband Project (Project) aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service. It develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.  As a community-supported initiative building on the work of West Next Generation Network (WestNGN), it is not owned or controlled by any affiliate of WestNGN.  The WNC Broadband Project is also not financed by any corporate entity, as such financing would be inconsistent with the Project’s independent community engagement focus.  The views, opinions and products of the WNC Broadband Project are the sole responsibility of the Project team and its advisory board, acting in their personal capacity and not in any capacity related to WestNGN, UNC Asheville, or any other WestNGN affiliate.

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WNC is Struggling with Digital Inclusion

Digital inclusion opportunities exists in Western North Carolina.

Western and Eastern North Carolina are struggling to provide digital equity says Representative Jake Johnson.

The last mile is expensive. What can be done to get broadband to all?

Digital equity and inclusion is an opportunity in Western and Eastern North Carolina

Advocate for digital inclusion in Western North Carolina today. Speak to a member of our team to collaborate your broadband-internet ideas.