Researchers have come up with a name for parts of the country that have low rates of home broadband internet and higher-than-national-average mortality rates for cancer and other diseases. They call these areas "double-burdened counties," and efforts are underway to address the problem. One program underway is called the LAUNCH initiative (Linking and Amplifying User-Centered Networks through Connected Health). It is targeting rural parts of Kentucky by improving broadband access and cancer outcomes. The hope is that access to faster Internet will allow more people to use online and remote treatment options, which could improve outcomes. David Ahern, chair of the LAUNCH collaborative, says the program also seeks to connect the larger community and caregivers to be a part of a larger solution for better health outcomes.
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