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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 cell phones. There are now apps that people with this disease can download and use to track their pain, manage their health and communicate with their healthcare providers. With continued investment and creative ideas, these apps and other mobile technologies will make treatment easier.

Outdated regulations stand to hold progress back.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 U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who is a prominent member of the Senate Communications Committee and strong advocate on healthcare issues, can and should be a leader in this effort.

Frank Reddick, COO, Sickle Cell Disease Association of Florida, Tampa

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