As a council of the National Kidney Foundation, we are focused on three things: awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease.
Recent Kidney Walks in Jacksonville, Cocoa Beach, and Orlando were successful and focused on awareness. Meanwhile, the combination of healthcare, broadband, and advances in medicine is making great strides related to prevention and treatment.
Apps that can be downloaded to smart phones and tablets are helping medical professionals monitor and treat patients.
These apps also help patients with kidney transplants learn how to stay healthy. The market for mobile medical apps is poised for significant growth over the next couple of years.
I can't predict exactly what this will mean for kidney disease, but I can say that it's promising.
These apps and other technologies are critical to preventative care and treatment and stand to have a truly positive impact on healthcare in America.
I hope Florida's delegation in Washington, D.C. sees the potential here and will support the effort to modernize the Communications Act as continued advancements of the health care industry are now directly linked to the communications industry. A new law will put new health technologies in the best position to grow, whereas leaving an outdated law as-is will be a hindrance to healthcare services of the future.
Terence Stevens, Chairman of the Citrus Council, National Kidney Foundation of Florida Lakeland