Sickle cell anemia is a serious, lifelong disease. While it can’t be cured, treatments and monitoring help keep it in check.
Monitoring today is easier than it’s ever been. Believe it or not, it’s because of devices like cellphones. There are now apps that people with this disease can download on their phones and use to track their pain, manage their health and communicate with their health care providers.
These apps are the result of innovation at the crossroad of health care and broadband. With continued investment and creative ideas, these apps and other mobile technologies will make it even easier for patients and health care providers to treat and monitor sickle cell anemia.
Outdated regulations stand to hold progress back. However, some in Congress have launched an effort to update the Communications Act. This is the right thing to do, and Sen. Bill Nelson, a prominent member of the Senate Communications Committee and a strong advocate on health care issues, can and should be a leader in this effort.
The writer, a Tampa City Council member, is the COO of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Florida.