According to the White House, the U.S. spends $2.2 trillion each year in health care, and Americans spend more on health care than on food or housing. An upward trend in health care cost is projected over the period of 2015-2021 at an average rate of 6.2 percent annually, reflecting the net result of the aging of the population, several provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and generally improving economic conditions reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Many experts believe that broadband enabled health may be a critical answer to controlling costs, while enhancing quality health care, and is being considered by many to be the next great frontier of American medicine. A recent study by U.S. Telecom suggests that health care expenditures could be cut by $200 billion over the next 25 years using broadband. High-speed transmission capability has generated efficiencies such as faster patient diagnoses, reduced medical errors, and additional control over skyrocketing patient care costs. Successful broadband adoption requires implementation of broadband-dependent applications that add value to health care organizations, businesses and consumers. This requires that clinicians and consumers are broadband technology-literate.
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