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Testimony on Overcoming Rural Healthcare Barriers

Hearing before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on wireless health technology solutions

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Testimony on Overcoming Rural Healthcare Barriers: Manuscript

Good Morning Chairman Michaud, Ranking Member Brown and Distinguished Members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health.

My name is Rick Cnossen, President of the Continua Health Alliance, is a non-profit, open industry coalition of healthcare and technology companies that are joined to collaborate and improve the quality of personal healthcare. On behalf of the members of Continua, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to present this testimony.

Continua has 237 member companies from around the world that are dedicated to establishing a system of interoperable personal health solutions that fosters independence, empowers individuals and provides the opportunity for truly personalized health and wellness management. Continua is not a standards body—the Alliance selects existing commercially available standards and works test and certify those standards so that personal telehealth solutions are interoperable, ubiquitous and contribute toward improved health management. Additionally, the Alliance writes guidelines on how to use those existing standards to achieve true interoperability across many companies and many devices.

I. Introduction to Personal Connected Health, Telehealth, and eCare

Continua uses the term “eCare” to refer to the class of health information technologies that can facilitate any kind of virtual visit or electronic connectivity outside of traditional office visits among patients, family members, and medical professionals. eCare includes personal connected health as well as telehealth. It can be secure text messaging between a senior patient and their doctor to change a medication dosage, an audio chat, or a full video web cam visit. It can also be personal connected health with an in-home or mobile broadband device that can help providers track and trend data like blood pressure and weight fluctuations that seniors and other patients can take by themselves on a regular basis.

Read the full Testimony on Overcoming Rural Healthcare Barriers Manuscript.