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Capitol Correspondence - 08.06.18

FCC Advances $100 Million to Pilot around Remote Monitoring Programs

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As reported in Politico Pro:

The Federal Communications Commission unanimously agreed Thursday to advance an inquiry on building a $100 million pilot fund supporting remote monitoring programs. 

The FCC is now seeking comment about a Universal Service Fund that would support broadband-enabled telemedicine services, especially those delivered directly to patients at home. Commissioner Brendan Carr originated the concept. 

Sen. Brian Schatz, a co-author of the CONNECT for Health Act, which aims to expand access to telehealth services, thanked Carr and the commission for “looking at new ways to extend the benefits of telehealth to more veterans and families who are still struggling to get the care they need.”

Press Release: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-352472A1.pdf

#32 in this fact sheet attachment questions if they should look at specific populations like disability: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-352540A1.pdf

ANCOR is very interested in the Administration’s focus on technology and will be looking into this development further to see where ANCOR’s technology goals fit in.