L.A.U.N.C.H. (Linking & Amplifying User-Centered Networks through Connected Health): A Demonstration of Broadband-enabled Health for Rural Populations in Appalachia


The purpose of this initiative is to deploy a public-private demonstration platform following best principles in human-system integration to support:

  • patient management of symptoms as experienced during cancer treatment,
  • opportunities for developing enabling technologies, services, and connected health solutions to improve remote cancer care, and
  • patient engagement in community-centered solution-building.

Initial project pilots will focus on addressing symptom management needs among lung cancer patients in rural Kentucky.


Broadly, the LAUNCH demonstration project links recommendations from the President’s Cancer Panel’s 2016 report on “Improving Cancer Related Outcomes with Connected Health” with selected targets of opportunity from the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel 2016 report. The project represents transparent collaboration between public and private entities in the spirit of catalyzing progress, as articulated in the Blue Ribbon Panel report.


This project is part of various Behavioral Research Program’s networks and collaborations. Funding comes from three organizations (National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Office of the Director; Federal Communications Commission; Amgen).

For more information

FCC-NCI Broadband Cancer Collaboration
President’s Cancer Panel’s 2016 Report