Cable continues to view telehealth as a potential lucrative sector for business services, snagging deals here and there with the medical community. The latest is from Lightpath, a division of Cablevision, that has it deploying a network for doctors at Palisades Medical Center in New Jersey to use virtually any smart device to remotely connect to hospital applications, patient records and radiology images immediately after they are taken.
Palisades is considering connecting more providers to its data and remotely communicating with their patients about care before and after the visit. Because of the sensitive nature of health records, a secure network is a must.
“Our healthcare customers are navigating a complex and ever-changing environment, always working to balance advancements in technology use with industry regulations that ensure patient protections,” said Lacey Ford, Vice President of Marketing, Lightpath.
Other MSOs who have delved into the field include Time Warner Cable, whose business arm has trialed patient-video Web conferencing with a Maine healthcare organization. Tele-healthcare has long been talked about and received a boost in the National Broadband Plan. The Plan recommends Congress consider providing consumers access and control over all their digital health care data in machine-readable formats and notes that a developing set of broadband-enabled solutions offer the potential to improve healthcare while simultaneously controlling costs and extending the reach of the limited pool of healthcare officials.