PHOTOS: Health IT Now Talks 5G and Telehealth at Capitol Hill Briefing

Panelists from Sitka, CaptureProof, NTCA, and Entropy Economics rally support for 5G before standing room only crowd of Congressional staffers

WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2018): Industry experts rallied support for 5G wireless technology and touted its role in enhancing telehealth at a standing room only Congressional briefing attended by more than 70 Congressional staffers and hosted by Health IT Now.

Donna Epps, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Strategic Alliances for Verizon - a founding member of Health IT Now - opened the briefing. "Next generation networks like 5G will not only speed the deployment of telemedicine and new medical technologies, they will help in eradicating health disparities and delivering health care to underserved communities," she said in her opening remarks. 

Michael Romano, Senior Vice President for NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association, spoke about efforts to ensure rural Americans can share in the benefits of 5G technology and echoed Health IT Now's support of the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act - calling it "a very helpful step forward." 

Industry CEOs Kelsey Mellard of Sitka and Meghan Conroy of CaptureProof shared about their organizations' work as positive disruptors in technology-enabled care and how 5G could further expand their capabilities. Bret Swanson, President of Entropy Economics LLC and an AEI visiting fellow, offered a macro view of 5G in his remarks; saying the technology will soon serve as "the platform for the entire economy" and adding that "we're on the cusp of seeing it happen." 

"As today's speakers affirmed, 5G technology is on the way and, with it, the promise of significant advances in telehealth and other innovative models of care delivery - but only if we have the infrastructure in place throughout the country to put these tools to use most effectively," said Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White. "We need Congress to pass Senators John Thune and Brian Schatz' STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, which will ensure that more Americans can reap the benefits of our rapidly changing technology landscape, regardless of their zip code. Additionally, lawmakers must build on the work accomplished earlier this year in the Bipartisan Budget Act by further expanding Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services - recognizing its vital role in improving outcomes and controlling health care costs. If the response to today's briefing is any indication, lawmakers and staff are engaged on this issue and attuned to the need for reform." 

Resources from Today's Briefing:
Photo: Verizon's Donna Epps delivers opening remarks
Photo: Michael Romano of NTCA (second from left) 
Photo: Sitka co-founder and CEO Kelsey Mellard
Photo: CaptureProof CEO Meghan Conroy (participating via Skype)
Photo: Entropy Economics President & AEI visiting fellow Bret Swanson
Handouts and Video Presentations from Today's Briefing
(includes speaker biographies, video presentations from Sitka and CaptureProof, handout from NTCA, and Health IT Now's letter endorsing the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act)