One great success story in broadband is in the field of tele-health, also called telemedicine. The “Riley Connections” program at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN, allows children and families from as far away as Evanston, IN, to have a real-time examination by a medical specialist 175 miles away in Indianapolis. Broadband connections at the hospital and the clinic site in Evanston carry the full-motion video, audio and data the specialist can make a diagnosis, talk with the young patient and share x-rays or other data as if he were right there in the clinic’s exam room.
Ubiquitous deployment of broadband is more than entertainment value and surfing the Internet. It's also about making lives better. In this case, its giving children and families the opportunity to see a highly-trained specialist that can’t be found in their community.