The “CLOUD” Could Get Expensive for Health Care

 AND … DOCTORS

By Darrell K. Pruitt DDS

Without net-neutrality, cloud-based practice management (which is already more expensive than office-based) could cost even more.

The Impactful Industries

“4 industries that could be impacted by net neutrality – With a historic net neutrality vote set to take place tomorrow, people across the United States are rightly concerned about the future of the internet. Visions of price-tiered online spaces dancing in their heads, constituents all over the country are reaching out to their elected officials in a likely doomed effort to forestall what many see as the inevitable destruction of our mostly level digital playing field.”  Healthcare is one of the four.

Jack Morse for Mashable
[December 13, 2017]
http://mashable.com/2017/12/13/net-neutrality-impacts/#rypwq_M6Gmqi

Morse Speaks:

In addition to just being a pain in the ass, the repeal of net neutrality could do real harm to your health. That’s because the modern medical field has come to depend on that aforementioned free and open internet — something very much at odds with Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai’s plans.

These days, electronic health records are often kept in the cloud, and fast and reliable access to this data is vital to patient care. What’s more, telemedicine — remotely providing healthcare via some form of telecommunication — is super data heavy. Whether that’s remotely analyzing X-rays, or a rural patient connecting with a doctor in a far-off city, this stuff takes a lot of bandwidth.

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Assessment

Will your small-town hospital be able to compete with the Facebooks of the world when it comes to buying a piece of bandwidth pie? Unfortunately, we may soon have to find out.

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3 Responses

  1. The FCC has voted to kill net neutrality

    The Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back Obama-era rules that sought to democratize the Internet. The majority Republican commission decided to reclassify Internet service providers in a way that allows them to throttle, block, or prioritize traffic. FCC chair Ajit Pai says the agency is “helping consumers and promoting competition.”

    We beg to differ as the move is likely to harm American innovation. Expect legal challenges to the move, and soon.

    Dr. David Marcinko MBA

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