The 10-year-old National Broadband Plan identified three nationwide gaps: IT adoption by healthcare providers, information utilization by them and connectivity to patients. In many places, those gaps still remain.It’s been ten years this month since the release of the National Broadband Plan, a 376-page document that was one of the products of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
In our current COVID-19 crisis, its Chapter 10, covering healthcare, deserves immediate and close attention to determine how its analysis and recommendations might be applicable to the critical decisions that must be made – both in confronting our pandemic and in anticipating the next pandemic to come.
First, let’s focus on what the plan revealed that underscores a persistent problem in dealing with COVID-19. "The United States is not taking full advantage of the opportunities that health IT provides."
Three national gaps were identified that remain today: adoption by health care providers, information utilization by them, and connectivity to patients.
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