Senior citizen using telemedicine

The Need for Accessible Remote Health Services During the Pandemic

Apr 15, 2020 2:15:00 PM

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2020) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently made available $200 million to support health care providers in purchasing telehealth services and devices to address the surging demand for telehealth in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  The Telehealth Program intends to enable health care providers to treat patients remotely through website portals and applications, limiting unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus.  However, the surge in telehealth services could leave some of the most vulnerable people without access to essential healthcare because many websites, portals, and apps are currently not digitally accessible to persons with disabilities.

Digital accessibility connectivity solutions can ensure hospitals and other health centers reach every patient in need, especially those with disabilities.

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Written by Raegan Bartlo