A New Update on Rural Broadband Access and Telehealth Use During the Pandemic

Researchers compared county-level data broadband capacity with telehealth use among Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiaries from January through September 2020. The association between broadband access and telehealth utilization and the decreased telehealth utilization in rural areas highlights the importance of broadband access for healthcare access and the need to continue investing in broadband infrastructure to promote equitable healthcare access across populations.