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UHLC teams up with FCC to improve mental health care through expanded use of broadband technology   


April 22, 2016 – The University of Houston Law Center's Health Law & Policy Institute is partnering with the FCC to host a daylong conference May 18 to explore the future of broadband technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues.

The conference, "Broadband Prescriptions for Mental Health," is part of the Federal Communications Commission's Connect2HealthFCC Task Force's "Beyond the Beltway Series."

FCC representatives are traveling the country to determine how new technologies and communication can connect areas, especially in rural and underserved parts of the country, to improve the quality of health care and access to services. The Law Center conference will spotlight the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine's efforts in this area.

"It is important to discuss the legal and regulatory issues surrounding mental health care using broadband technology," said Research Professor Allison Winnike, director of research for the Health Law & Policy Institute. "Broadband health care technology offers opportunities to increase mental health care access and improve health outcomes, which is important in a state like Texas which has a shortage of mental health professionals as well as vast rural areas."

An event agenda and additional details will be released at a later date.

Click here to read the FCC announcement of the conference.   

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