Broadband Breakfast on December 21, 2022 – Robotics, Telehealth and Future Health

Smart technologies hold incredible promise for the future of healthcare. How can we lay the groundwork now?

Broadband Breakfast on December 21, 2022 – Robotics, Telehealth and Future Health

Smart technologies, robotics, remote monitoring and wearable devices hold incredible promise for the future of healthcare, particularly for those living in remote rural areas and urban residents unable to afford traditional care. But will broadband in these communities keep up with digital health? This episode discusses how robots can help telehealth revolutionize healthcare, optimize patient outcomes, and bridge the workforce shortage. How can we lay the groundwork now for broadband to expand this data traffic? Join us for a special Live Online event featuring a panel of experts — and a telehealth robot.


  • Arshia Khan, Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Craig Settles, Broadband and Telehealth Expert
  • Ron Deus, CEO of regional WISP NetX Internet
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Dr. Arshia Khan holds a bachelor of engineering in computer-engineering, an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D in information technology. Her research efforts are directed at growing the emerging new field of biomedical and health informatics, specifically in the areas of neuroscience and therapeutic robotic assistive technology in combination with sensors and IoT (Internet of Things). This research, which combines her computer science and engineering skills with medicine, offers promising solutions to chronic neurodegenerative problems such as dementia and elderly care. Her research requires strong and varied interdisciplinary collaborations with experts in fields of cardiothoracic surgery, neuropsychology, psychology, physical therapy, dietetics, nursing and occupational therapy.

Saved from a stroke by telehealth, Craig Settles pays it forward by uniting community broadband teams and healthcare stakeholders through telehealth projects that transform healthcare delivery. He conducts needs analyses with community stakeholders who want broadband networks to improve economic development, healthcare, education and local government.

Ron Deus is a versatile technical manager and leader with proven, hands-on success in building robust wireless network infrastructures. He is highly skilled in developing operational strategies and maintaining large and disperse digital communication networks. For nearly two decades, Deus has been the owner and CEO of NetX Internet, a leading WISP located in Northeast Ohio that delivers fast and reliable broadband to businesses using a Microwave Wireless Network.

Drew Clark (moderator) is CEO of Breakfast Media LLC. He has led the Broadband Breakfast community since 2008. An early proponent of better broadband, better lives, he initially founded the Broadband Census crowdsourcing campaign for broadband data. As Editor and Publisher, Clark presides over the leading media company advocating for higher-capacity internet everywhere through topical, timely and intelligent coverage. Clark also served as head of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, a state broadband initiative.

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