Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion

Wireless health-care technologies are ripe with potential for minority entrepreneurs [Letter]

The tele-medicine phenomenon brought about by applications such as Sickweather is changing — in some cases saving — lives across America ("Social media can help contain illness Dec. 2). It's also creating new economic opportunities for start-up tech companies and service providers who are helping to bring these technologies into our homes.

The economic and social benefits of our increasingly connected nation are the result of federal policies made at a time when divided government didn't mean non-existent governing. The 1996 Telecommunications Act — passed by a Republican Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton — and the FCC rules associated with it spurred over a trillion dollars in investment in the wired and wireless high-speed data networks that connect us to thousands of mobile health applications.

That doesn't even include the billions invested in smartphones and the "app economy" it gave birth to, which has created more than 750,000 jobs for entrepreneurs in fields like health IT and home monitoring — fields ripe for entry by minority-owned businesses.

By continuing to make more wireless spectrum available, investing in digital skills training programs and targeting infrastructure funds to build high-speed broadband networks in areas not reached by private providers today, the new FCC chairman and the rest of the federal government can keep investment and opportunity flowing in this sector.

Jose Marquez, Norcross, Ga.

The writer is national president and CEO of the Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association.

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Social media can help contain illness [Commentary]
    Social media can help contain illness [Commentary]

    Data posted online can be used to track and prevent outbreaks

  • The Interview: Graham Dodge, founder of Sickweather.com
    The Interview: Graham Dodge, founder of Sickweather.com

    If you ever complain about a cough, cold or the flu on Twitter or Facebook, a Baltimore startup called Sickweather.com wants your tweets and status updates.

  • Mr. Obama's 529 brouhaha
    Mr. Obama's 529 brouhaha

    Rarely does a president flip-flop on an initiative presented in the State of the Union address as quickly as Barack Obama did this week. He reversed himself on 529 college savings plans on Tuesday, which was just seven days after his speech to the nation. Such a political miscalculation is...

  • Defeating Boko Haram
    Defeating Boko Haram

    The bloody attacks in Paris this month that left 20 people dead, including the three attackers, riveted the world's attention on the growing threat Islamist extremist groups pose to the democracies of Western Europe. Yet even as the French people were mourning their loss, an even more...

  • Under Armour police uniforms [Poll]
    Under Armour police uniforms [Poll]
  • Realizing a 'Greater' Baltimore
    Realizing a 'Greater' Baltimore

    Though people may describe the region around Baltimore City as "Greater Baltimore," area leaders — from government, business, non-profits and academia — could do more to fully embrace that term and develop the potential it implies. Doing so is a critical component for the...

Comments
Loading