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The Basics

Before implementing an electronic health record, you should plan for how your practice/hospital/health center will access broadband. You can access broadband in several different ways:

  • Digital Subscriber Line
  • Cable Modem
  • Fiber
  • Broadband over Power Line
  • Wireless
  • Satellite

For More Information

For more information on the various ways to access broadband, see the following resources.

  • The Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Opportunities for Rural America.
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Health IT Toolbox provides information on obtaining broadband in rural health care settings. When deciding how your organization will access broadband services, remember the broadband needs of health care providers are different from, and potentially more demanding than, the needs of schools, libraries, and residential households.