By Leroy Jones, Jr. on February 8, 2012 12:18 PM
When I look at services like those offered by Calgary Scientific I truly understand the need for the highest quality connections among those serving the health care industry.
And while most wired and in-building wireless connections can support the resolution required to transmit medical images, it is still a waiting game for mobile networks.
This is one of the issues impacting the deployment and adoption of many services that are included in the area of mHealth.
As I have said in the past, fitness apps are great, but those that can offer lower costs and higher quality of health care service, regardless of the area served, are hampered by the airwaves available to deliver such services.
You can interchange Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or Metro PCS with AT&T - each carrier is looking to serve the lucrative healthcare market, and each has organizations focused on making deals with companies to serve that market.
But all the deals in the world will not bring these advanced and cost-saving services to a doctor or hospital near you until they each have enough spectrum - the airwaves between a cell site and a mobile device - to deliver consistent high-quality images and other services under guidelines established by the FDA or HIPPA.
There is some good news on the horizon - although it is tempered by the normal political back in forth in Washington, DC. Congress and the FCC are currently at odds on how to best handle an upcoming spectrum auction.
The solution seems simple - open the auction to all parties that have a solid plan in place to utilize the spectrum to best serve customers.
Basically, make it an open auction. The fees gained from the auction can be used to reduce the federal deficit and allow the companies acquiring the airwaves to build out mobile broadband networks that would be second to none in the world.
It would also add jobs and allow companies now stalled in delivering mHealth services to move forward in offering patients the kind of health care services that Americans expect.
Health Care is almost in the air. Let's take a deep breath and hope that 2012 is the year for mHealth.