(A version of this Health Alert, which is co-authored by Roslyn Layton, was published by iHealthBeat. Roslyn Layton is a PhD fellow at Aalborg University’s Center for Communication, Media & Information Studies and vice president of Strand Consult.)
The Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to regulate the Internet with the same law that was created for “Ma Bell” before World War II has plenty of implications for the health innovation economy. The era of “permission-less innovation” may be coming to an end as the FCC will scrutinize telemedicine applications and other broadband-enabled health care services because they involve connectivity. If Congress can act quickly to rein in the FCC, a disaster can be averted.
Read the entire Health Alert at NCPA's Health Policy Blog.