Telemedicine will now get a major boost with today’s defeat and roll back of net neutrality.
Telemedicine: Today’s Net Neutrality Decision
The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality on Thursday, a move, its Chairman Ajit Pai said, that will allow internet providers to speed up services for some websites and apps, and block or slow down others.
Net neutrality has been one of the biggest topics of conversation since Pai announced his plan to rollback the Obama-era regulation. The repeal has been Pai’s goal throughout his 11-month tenure despite the mixed reaction by the majority of the population.
Telemedicine: Affect on Providing Medical Care
According to Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), abolishing net neutrality will help fuel competition and spur infrastructure development.
It will make it easier for consumers to benefit from services that need prioritization, such as telemedicine. By providing a robust transparency requirement and FTC-led consumer protection, telemedicine will expand rapidly. All age groups, and specifically seniors will be able to access medical services in record time.
Telemedicine relies on technological innovations and services to provide telehealth to rural and outlier populations. Fast lane telemedicine services will reach more people in a shorter time period.
Telemedicine: Who Benefits?
The general public, including parents, children, and the elderly will be able to quickly access web-based platforms to view their medical records, make appointments, and find health information. With net neutrality and the myriad regulations causing slower response times, delays could be a problem.