Presenting FCC Distinguished Health IT College student, Dr . Chris Gibbons

The American scientist plus inventor Edwin Land once mentioned, “don’t undertake a project unless it really is manifestly important and nearly impossible. ” (You may recall that Land co-founded the Polaroid Corporation, which usually revolutionized instant photography. )

Connecting everyone, everywhere to the people, services and information they have to get healthy and stay well – the fundamental vision of the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force – is such a challenge. It isn’t really impossible, in my view, but manifestly important to the health of our nation as well as the stability of our economy. And, it isn’t really impossible if we continue to leverage the power of broadband and advanced technology tools.

Over the summer, the Task Force heard from a wide range of stakeholders in the broadband health space that agree that this is a challenge we must take. They’ve encouraged us to take the particular long view, pursuing tangible, near-term gains in accelerating broadband adoption and promoting health IT, but also thinking 10-15 years out so the Commission can stay ahead of the contour.

An undertaking of this magnitude requires a multi-disciplinary approach and a broad range of stakeholder partners. That’s why I’m pleased to introduce a key member of our team, Dr . Michael Philip Gibbons of Johns Hopkins University or college. Dr . Gibbons serves as an FCC Distinguished Scholar in Residence, providing critical health IT, population health and data analytics heft to our group.

Dr . Gibbons is really a physician informatician, healthcare disparities plus urban health expert whose educational research has focused on the use of technology plus consumer health informatics to improve health care disparities. He also received training in general surgery at Johns Hopkins, prior to completing a preventive medicine residency.

Interestingly, Doctor Gibbons’ work is leading the particular emergence of a new field of study called Populomics – the particular intersection of population science, medicine and health informatics. In a nutshell, he is pushing the envelope on big-data science and technology-focused approaches which could help improve the health of entire populations and allow doctors and other clinicians to target health solutions more finely by vulnerable geographic regions, communities, and families too. Dr . Gibbons is challenging all of us to think not only about how broadband-enabled health technologies can assist the sick, but also how technology can transform the understanding of health itself and of the way we can stay healthy. The FCC is usually committed to doing its part to produce these advances possible.

When he’s not at the FCC, Dr . Gibbons wears many caps, including associate director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute plus assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins’ Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Read more about him here: http://www.jhsph.edu/faculty/directory/profile/3769/Gibbons/Michael_Christopher.

We are extremely fortunate to have access to Dr . Gibbons’ expertise. Welcome to the FCC, Philip! Stay tuned for an inaugural blogpost from Dr . Gibbons on broadband’s fantastic promise in helping our nation meet the health and care challenges we face.


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