Bruce P. Mehlman
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Although cellular telephony was first introduced in 1983, only 41 percent of elderly households possessed wireless subscription service in 2003.
But by 2010, wireless adoption among the elderly has grown to nearly 80 percent.
The wireless revolution has transformed the way Americans communicate with each other.
Over 30 percent of all U.S. households have eliminated their land line service and the percentage of these households that rely exclusively on landline telecommunications has fallen dramatically: from 58 percent in 2003 to only 19 by 2010.
U.S. businesses generate $411.4 billion in online sales to consumers or other businesses
– yet an estimated 1.8 million businesses remain unconnected to broadband.
Using Current Technologies, Electronic Health Records and mHealth Apps Could Total Some $15 Billion a Year
Savings from the wide use of electronic medical records created and accessed wirelessly, along with other “mHealth” apps, could total some $15 billion a year using current wireless technologies, and those savings would also grow as 4G apps become widely available and used.
Cost of Telemedicine Equipment Primary Barrier for Rural, Urban Physicians
55 percent of urban and rural physicians reported that cost of telemedicine equipment is the main barrier to accessing this technology.
Lack of Broadband Service a Barrier in Adoption of Telemedicine
21 percent of physicians reported that broadband capability was a barrier in their use of telemedicine. In addition, about 60 percent of rural areas have broadband compared ot 70 percent of urban areas.
Number of Physicians per Person in Rural Areas Much Lower than Urban Areas
In urban areas, the ratio of primary care physicians to 100,000 people is 105 on average, while in rural areas that rate is about 65 per 100,000. Physicians that do practice in rural areas tend to be located in counties near urban areas or concentrated in small rural population centers.
Rural Residents More Likely to be Uninsured than Urban Residents
20 percent of rural residents under age 65 are uninsured, compared to 18 percent in urban areas. In some remote rural areas, the number of non-elderly uninsured is 27 percent.
More Than 16 Percent of Rural Children are Obese
Approximately 16.5 percent of children in rural areas are obese, compared to 14.4 percent in urban areas.
Primary Care Physicians in Rural Areas Report Higher Concern over Drug Use and Teen Pregnancy
Drug use and teen pregnancy were significantly higher concerns of primary care physicians in rural areas (59% compared to 45% for drug use, and 39% compared to 27% for teen pregnancy).