mHealth Task Force takes note of accessibility issues


The Federal Communications Commission Nov. 2 unanimously adopted a draft recommendation to ensure accessibility is included in the agency's mobile health plans.

The commission recently committed to several initiatives that would enable greater use of wireless technology in healthcare, with the hope that mHealth technology become a routine medical best practice within five years. However, none of the recommendations of the mHealth Task Force report mentioned the importance of accessibility.  

"The needs of people with disabilities and other under-served groups are not specifically addressed in the Task Force recommendations or in the stated FCC plans," according to a document posted Nov. 5 by the FCC.

The commission resolved Nov. 2 to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities, low-income individuals and other under-served groups be included in the mHealth Task Force efforts.

The FCC will also take steps to ensure affordable connectivity and compatibility for telehealth devices, including accessibility for people with disabilities, says the commission document.

The commission will also work closely with other agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that the needs of underserved individuals are addressed in all collaborative mHealth activities, says the FCC.

For more:
- read the commission document, "Draft Recommendation Regarding the Mobile Health Task Force"

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