Cleveland Clinic shows off telehealth capabilities to FCC chairman

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai visited Cleveland Clinic on March 16 to learn about its telehealth services.

Mr. Pai toured Cleveland Clinic's mobile stroke unit and remote monitoring area, according to cleveland.com. He also learned about the hospital's mobile app.

"I was impressed by the innovative work they are doing in telehealth, particularly in the area of life-saving telestroke services," he said in a statement delivered the day of his visit.

Mr. Pai's Cleveland Clinic visit was part of a three-day tour, during which his team drove from Pittsburgh to Detroit, according to cleveland.com. The tour was meant to highlight the role broadband can play in driving economic growth.

"With an internet connection, you're able to provide care to a greater number of people in a more sophisticated way than you ever could have before," Mr. Pai said, according to cleveland.com. "We are looking at trying to create a regulatory framework that will incentivize every provider — telephone companies, wireless companies, satellite companies, etc. — to invest as much as possible in these next generation networks."

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