Federal initiatives to expand broadband? Pew! According to a survey released last Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, about 53% of U.S. residents believe Federal initiatives to expand broadband connections should not be attempted or are “not too important” of a priority. When 63% believe it is a ‘minor’ or ‘no’ disadvantage, spending $7.2 billion in ‘stimulus funding’ for broadband grants could be a perception problem. iHealthBeat.
It could have something to do with effectiveness. A study published in BMC Health Services Research last week reviewed 36 international ‘telehealth’ studies (actually telemedicine video consultations) with mixed results. Delivery of health services by real time video communication was cost-effective for home care and access to on-call hospital specialists, showed mixed results for rural service delivery, and was not cost-effective for local delivery of services between hospitals and primary care. A systematic review of economic analyses of telehealth services using real time video communication: Abstract, PDF.
West Wireless Developer Integration Challenge: San Diego’s West Wireless Health Institute announced a $10,000 incentive prize open to software developers around the world. The Institute is challenging developers to design a secure mechanism that can be standardized and will integrate personalized information from an established social network interface (such as OpenSocial) with health data derived by wireless health sensors. Think fast, because the deadline is 15 September. Details.