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Internet Innovation Alliance encourages expansion of next-generation mobile broadband, points to positive impact on health care across America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 28, 2011 – Broadband enables technologies that advance the delivery of health and medical care across America, according to research released today by the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a broad-based coalition supporting broadband access and adoption for all Americans. Based on analysis from sources including the Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the IIA has identified 10 significant benefits of telemedicine, eHealth and health IT, listed below:

10 Benefits of Health IT

1. Enables more informed decision making and enhanced quality of care.

2. Saves lives through remote consultations, whether urgent or diagnostic.

3. Creates more efficient, convenient and potentially more cost effective delivery of care.

4. Facilitates earlier – and more accurate – diagnoses.

5. Provides greater, and faster, access to a patient’s medical history, reducing the risk of negative drug interactions or poor response to a course of treatment.

6. Improves administrative efficiency and coordination.

7. Allows rural residents to receive expert diagnosis and treatment from distant medical centers.

8. Increases timeliness of treatment and decreases transfer rates while reducing medical costs through video technology.

9. Supports real-time treatment by first responders through the use of wireless devices.

10. Enhances senior wellness and preventative care through telemedicine and remote in-home monitoring.

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The IIA today convened experts to explore the benefits of telemedicine, eHealth and health IT, particularly for rural communities in America. The discussion addressed the impact of expanded next-generation mobile broadband, which is crucial to Rural America being able to take advantage of health care technologies. For a list of participants and to listen to the dialogue, visit

“High-speed Internet puts quality health care, a life-changing benefit, in reach,” said IIA Co-Chair Bruce Mehlman. “Particularly for Americans that do not call an urban area home, expanding high-speed mobile broadband will, for example, provide greater emergency access to 911.”