FirstNet: Unleashing the Potential of Telemedicine for First Responders Amid COVID

By Paul Patrick

As the COVID-19 virus impacts communities across the world, America’s healthcare system is being challenged in ways we’ve never seen.

This pandemic is shifting the paradigm for where our healthcare delivery takes place. For many of us working in EMS or other public safety disciplines, we are witnessing a dramatic rise in the use of telemedicine to combat this global pandemic.

FirstNet, the nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders, plays a critical role in connecting first responders and medical professionals through a reliable and secure network, with a particular ability to improve patient care through the use of telemedicine during times like these.

This article appears on emsworld.com dated June 30, 2020.

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