We already know the AT&T/T-Mobile merger will mean better mobile service, an expanded network and lower costs to consumers; but as noted by Camille Levee, the CEO of Glendale Healthy Kids, the merger will also mean improved mobile health services.
Glendale Healthy Kids was founded in 1994 as a private nonprofit in Glendale, California. With more than 250 volunteer health care professionals, it serves children who have mental, medical or dental health needs and who qualify as low income by federal guidelines and are eligible for services provided at no cost.
Levee is so excited about the merger because “as a ‘virtual clinic’ for the past 17 years,” Glendale Healthy Kids needs all the help it can get, and that includes online medical resources.
In a recent op-ed article, Levee says,
More than ever, people are turning to the Internet for answers to health questions. The most advanced mobile networks will give parents and children access to health information anywhere they need it. With this merger comes an extension of AT&T’s 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) service.
Parents will be able to do medical research in order to stay more informed by clicking on a mobile phone app. They will be able to receive pertinent medical information that promotes wellness such as nutrition guides, calorie counters and even digital food diaries that can be carried and used right on phones or tablets. Expanded deployment of high speed broadband technology will also mean more of GHK’s patients will be able to receive their services remotely via video conferencing as doctors will be able to view data such as blood pressure monitors and pulse readers while holding a video conference with the patient and the patient’s family.
GHK keeps an average of 30 children out of emergency rooms annually, saving taxpayers approximately $200,000. From simple exams to complex surgeries, GHK ensures access to health care and health education for children. Funding comes from grants, private contributions and two major fundraising events. Levee is hopeful the merger will bring additional resources that will help sustain and expand offerings.
I am excited about what this proposed merger will do to improve health care for the children and their families. While we live in the largest metropolitan area in our state, there are still many families who have limited options for health care.
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