With Americas aging population and changing demographics set to outpace the number of available primary care providers, the Federal Communications Commission sees broadband technology as a saving grace for the nations increasingly overburdened healthcare system.
By 2030, 71 million Americans--one out of every five--will be over the age of 65 with 20 million of them more than 80 years old. Compounding the problem is that 80 percent of seniors have at least one chronic disease and another 50 percent suffer from two to five chronic illnesses. Add the fact that only about 300,000 to 400,000 primary care providers are projected to be available to care for this aging population, and the healthcare challenges on the horizon appear to be daunting.
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