Community leaders ask Grassley to consider tweaks to federal funds supporting broadband expansion

Areas of Calhoun County may meet the minimum federals standards to qualify as “fully serviced” with regards to access to broadband internet connections, but local officials told a senator Friday those numbers are misleading.

Calhoun County Economic Development Corp. Director Jill Heisterkamp offered U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley an example from Stewart Memorial Community Hospital. Grassley had just been talking about the benefits of telemedicine, which area hospitals are trying to incorporate more of, but “they run into issues,” Heisterkamp said. “They’re having a hard time being able to sync their records together.”

Specifically, Heisterkamp added, SMCH has a hard time syncing records from its clinics in three communities with the hospital’s records. Clinic staff instead is delivering paper copies of those electronic records, she said. 

Read more in the June 6 edition.