Fiber to the Premise Telemedicine Viodi View

Viodi View – 11/30/21

This is not a new insight, but it seems like there are many opportunities for efficiency gains in the healthcare sector. It is more than efficiency and quality improvements as the overall experience, particularly the in-hospital experience, is lacking. Granted, the healthcare system is a labyrinth of regulations, processes, and vested interests that make change difficult.

Still, broadband and new technologies offer hope for more of a patient-focused healthcare model. Read the Korner to learn about one inspiring doctor and her vision for improving patient care in the 21st century.

Fiber Deployment Hitting on All Cylinders

Michael C. Render is sort of the godfather of fiber deployment predictions. He emphasizes that, even before the 2021 infrastructure bill, fiber’s growth has more doubled in the last 5-years and will continue this rapid growth. In his words, the industry is hitting on all cylinders thanks to the participation of multiple players.

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Ears to the Ground via Fiber

If the ground could only talk, what would it have to say? Well, probably not much as it has dirt and rocks for brains. But, give it some ears and the ground could tell us things about the sidewalks, the weather, and the surrounding environment that we would otherwise never know.

Fiber optic cable is capable of being those ears. Members of the Fiber Optics Sensing Association (FOSA) have figured out how to use existing fiber optic cables to measure vibrations, strain, and temperature.

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A New Way to Sense the World

As the real-world shifts to the metaverse, inexpensive and ubiquitous sensing will become a must-have. Somalytics and its paper carbon nanotube capacitive sensor may be a solution that serves both the real and virtual worlds. Mixing carbon nanotubes with cellulose together with a fracturing process, Somalytics has figured out how to make 1-millimeter thick paper that can be used for applications as varied from eye-tracking to touchless interfaces to low-cost health monitoring.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts

  • It was exactly a year ago today that the Viodi View reported on the potential threat of C-Band 5G to avigation. It is long past due that the FCC and FAA work out some real-world pilots to test what the RTCA believes could be safety issues.
  • A new spin to the satellite launch. This looks like an invention of a 5-year old. Maybe it just might drive down the price of launching satellites as its founders claim.
  • How to win the future (PDF). This is a must-read from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz about Web 3.0. Web 3.0 is a decentralized peer-to-peer future that, in many ways, is not too different than the vision of Marty Lafferty and the Distributed Computing Industry Association in the early 2000s. With blockchain as the basis, Web 3.0 may be realistic. This has got to be good for any provider capable of symmetrical broadband.
  • The co-founder of the Aleph Zero Foundation makes a compelling case for the use of blockchain as a way to create a patient-centric, portable health record. The Aleph Zero Foundation is one of many start-ups applying a Web 3.0 approach to a decades-old problem.

The Korner – Fiber: Enabling a Distributed and Patient-Focused Health Care Model

“Why is it incumbent on families and patients to travel all the way to see us when we can have a more distributed health care model,” asks Yaa Aboagyewa Kumah-Crystal, MD, MPH, MS? This Assistant Professor Department of Biomedical Informatics and Assistant Professor Department of Pediatric Endocrinology at Vanderbilt summarizes the inspiring closing keynote she gave at Fiber Connect 2021. Kumah-Crystal brings a unique perspective as both an academic and practicing pediatrician.

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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