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Blog // Connect Iowa

Connect Iowa Explores the Connection Between Healthcare and Broadband

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Dev Joshi, Research Analyst One of the key benefits that broadband provides is online health information, commonly referred to as e-Health. With national healthcare costs mounting to $2.6 trillion in 2010, more and more Americans are going online to access health information and communicate with healthcare professionals, saving both time and money. E-Health applications provide users access to medical information and offer patients the opportunity to communicate with doctors and other healthcare professionals. According to the newest report by Connect Iowa, across the state more than two out of five Iowans (44%) go online to...

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Inaugural Board for FirstNet Public Safety Network Announced

By Connected Nation

Today the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce announced the composition of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board.  FirstNet was created earlier this year by Congress through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act with the mandate to create a nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network that will enable police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other public safety officials to more effectively communicate and do their jobs.  The Act mandates the NTIA to form a FirstNet Board by August 20 comprised of 15...

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Iowa e-Health Summit Showcases the Power of Broadband

By Jeremy Thacker

Iowa ranks 6th in the nation for e-prescribing. In fact, 80% of Iowa’s medical providers use broadband to submit prescriptions and 90% of Iowa pharmacies accept e-prescriptions! It’s a sign of the times – how broadband is becoming more critical to quality-of-life and access to services than ever before. Connect Iowa’s Amy Kuhlers attended the state’s 8th Annual e-Health Summit this week in Altoona. The theme this year was 'Team Health IT: Go for the Gold!’ Executive Director of e-Health for the Iowa Department of Public Health Kim Norby was among the hundreds of attendees there to focus on the continuous improvement of Iowa’s health...

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