Connected Tennessee Releases Findings On Broadband Adoption In Healthcare Sector

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

According to Connected Tennessee’s published report, Broadband: Transforming Tennessee’s Healthcare Sector, 76 percent of the businesses in Tennessee’s Healthcare sector use broadband for their business functions, a 29 percent increase in four years. Within Tennessee, the report shows, the Healthcare sector has a higher-than-average broadband adoption rate.

Additional findings from this report include: 

More than four out of five Internet-connected businesses in Tennessee’s Healthcare sector (82 percent) are using their connections to purchase or place orders for products or services, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) are researching ways to make their businesses more efficient, and 62 percent are using the Internet to market or advertise their products and services. Furthermore, almost half (48 percent) are using the Internet to recruit employees by advertising job openings online.

Businesses’ median broadband download speed is 5.1 Mbps; Tennessee’s Healthcare sector owns higher speeds than similar businesses in other states. 

Sixty-five percent of Internet-connected businesses in Tennessee’s Healthcare sector report communicating with their current customers and patients via the Internet, 52 percent offer the convenience of online billing, 36 percent provide customers support for their products or services via the Internet, and one-third (33 percent) accept real-time payments for services and products.

Over one-half of Tennessee’s Internet users (57 percent, or approximately 2.2 million adults) utilize e-Health services.

Low-income Internet users whose annual household incomes were less than $25,000, had no college education, or lived in rural areas were significantly less likely to utilize e-Health services than average. 

Internet users in rural Tennessee were more likely to utilize e-Health services than average rural adults.

"The ability for patients and doctors to connect electronically, whether it’s for consultation, treatment, or online billing, is becoming the norm in healthcare practices around the nation and broadband adoption is the catalyst of this trend,” said Corey Johns, Connected Tennessee executive director. “For Tennessee to match the national average of broadband adoption and our healthcare sector to lead all industries in the state, it’s a promising signal that businesses are understanding the significance broadband adoption can have on their productivity and ensures our competitiveness with the nation.”


Erlanger Opens Sixth Emergency Department To Serve Sequatchie Valley

Residents of the Sequatchie Valley are invited to tour the area’s only 24/7 emergency center during Open House festivities for the new Sequatchie Valley Emergency Department on Sunday from 2 - 4 p.m. (CDT), at 16931 Rankin Avenue in Dunlap, Tn. To celebrate the grand opening of the new emergency center, officials with Erlanger Health System will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Hosts Car Wash And Hot Dog Sale This Saturday

Morning Pointe of Chattanooga will be having a car wash and hot dog sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon at the assisted living facility. All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.   (click for more)

23-Year-Old Stabbed To Death Early Sunday Morning

A man was stabbed to death in Chattanooga early Sunday morning. At approximately 2:48 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 2525 6 th  Avenue Court for a person stabbed.  Officers located a 23-year-old suffering from a stab wound to his chest.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injury.  The victim’s information ... (click for more)

Man, 21, Arrested In Hidden Camera Case

An arrest has been made in a case in which a hidden camera was apparently placed in several local restrooms. Chattanooga Police last Sunday, received from a citizen a hidden camera that apparently had been placed by an unknown suspect in the men’s restroom at the Chattanooga Billiards Club downtown.  The footage from the camera was reviewed by Investigators with the ... (click for more)

An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: O’Reilly’s Rant On Race

I don’t really care whether you like Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly but I strongly believe I must share an urgent transcript with you of what he said earlier this week. It’s been talked about on every network and it speaks boldly to the very heart of an American epidemic. Last weekend in Chicago 47 people were shot and five of them died. Black-on-black shootings have gotten ... (click for more)