About the Task Force
Connect2HealthFCC is exploring the intersection of broadband, advanced technology and health and further charting the broadband future of health care – serving as an umbrella for all FCC health-oriented activities to help enable a healthier America.
- Broadband Cancer Collaboration
As part of a MOU, the FCC and National Cancer Institute have joined forces to convene key stakeholders around a public-private partnership to help bridge the broadband health connectivity gap in Appalachia.
- Mapping Broadband Health in America
This innovative mapping platform enables data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health.
- Beyond the Beltway Series
This series explores how communities are leveraging broadband-enabled health technologies to improve access to health and care throughout the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). The CDC has established a website with the latest information from the CDC and the overarching medical community on COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. For the latest information from the CDC, including how COVID-19 spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, stigma, what to do if you are sick, and frequently asked questions, visit coronavirus.gov.
The FCC is working to ensure that Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will provide $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more and submit an application, visit fcc.gov/covid19telehealth.
- Learn more about the agency's Keep Americans Connected initiative at fcc.gov/keepamericansconnected.
- To learn more about overall agency efforts to protect the health and safety of staff, visit fcc.gov/coronavirus.
Barn-Raising on the Digital Frontier: The L.A.U.N.C.H. Collaborative
A recent meta-analysis of oncology papers from around the world revealed that cancer patients who lived more than 50 miles away from hospital centers routinely presented with more advanced stages of disease at diagnosis, exhibited lower adherence to prescribed treatments, presented with poorer diagnoses, and reported a lower quality of life than patients who lived nearer to care facilities. Connected health approaches—or the use of broadband and telecommunications technologies to evaluate, diagnose, and monitor patients beyond the clinic—are becoming an indispensable tool in medicine to overcome the obstacle of distance.
This paper, published in the January 2020 issue of the Journal of Appalachian Health, highlights this research and the work of the L.A.U.N.C.H. Collaborative.
Senior Leadership Think Tank
The Federal Communications Commission's Connect2Health Task Force and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health convened a groundbreaking meeting at FCC headquarters in Washington, DC, with senior thought leaders from both the public and private sectors and across the country. The broad expertise included representatives from government, academia, industry, healthcare systems, public health, biotechnology, design and innovation, and telecommunications.
Mapping Broadband Health in America
The Connect2HealthFCC Task Force's Mapping Broadband Health in America platform allows users to visualize, overlay and analyze broadband and health data at national, state and county levels - informing policy and investment decisions. The interactive maps show connectivity and health intersections for every U.S. county. Users can generate customized maps showing broadband access, adoption and speed alongside various health measures (e.g., obesity, diabetes and physician access) in urban and rural areas.
Faces of Connected Care
Blog: A Texas State of Mind - Connected Health in Houston and the Rio Grande Valley
“Texas is a state of mind,” said John Steinbeck referring to the unique combination of passion, cohesiveness and independence so common to the state. The FCC’s Connect2HealthFCC Task Force experienced this first-hand during its recent “Beyond the Beltway” visit to Houston and the Rio Grande Valley. In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, the visit was anchored by a Broadband Prescriptions for Mental Health conference co-hosted by the renowned University of Houston Law Center’s Health Law and Policy Institute, with the Law Center’s esteemed Dean, Leonard M. Baynes.
Broadband Health Imperative
Connectivity & Health Snapshot
The Connect2HealthFCC maps provide a high level snapshot of the current state of affairs at the intersection of broadband, connectivity and health in various states across the country. Virginia is the first map in our series and is a follow-up to the Task Force visit to Charlottesville in late 2014. Here you can interact with and begin to experience Virginia's story of health and connectivity. Learn more and provide feedback.
Funding Sources for Broadband-Enabled Health Care: Financial support available for initiatives connecting broadband services and health care delivery.
The Connect2HealthFCC Task Force tip sheets, available in English and Spanish, offer tips to help consumers engage in their own health care through broadband-enabled services.
Tips and Information
- Connected Health Technology Can Help in the Fight Against Cancer
- Broadband-Enabled Health Technologies Can Reduce Costs and Improve Care for People with Disabilities
- Stay Heart Healthy with Broadband Technologies and Apps
- Things to Ask Your Doctor About Digital Health
- More for Consumers
Digital Health: Share Your Story
We want to know how you are "connecting" to health! How are you using technology to address a health problem? Which digital health tools work best for you? You can email us at engageC2H@fcc.gov and send us your pic, audio file or video.
The FCC remains committed to doing its part to accelerate the adoption of broadband-enabled health care solutions and the development and availability of health-related technologies for all Americans. This is a collaborative effort involving multiple bureaus and offices. For example, the Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) oversees the Healthcare Connect Fund, to expand health care provider access to broadband, especially in rural areas. The Office Engineering and Technology (OET) manages spectrum and works to create new opportunities for competitive technologies, including wireless medical devices.
Explore the FCC's Policymaking Milestones: FCC, Broadband and Health Milestones (1996 – 2018)
Significant FCC actions and activities for improving health care, expanding access to broadband, facilitating the development of advanced health care technologies, and creating new opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs. Click on the graphic to learn more about the milestones and events.