Why the ‘unprecedented’ rise in cell phone repairs in Indiana is affecting the health care system
In this Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, a phone repair technician is seen inside the Rogers Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
Some Indianapolis residents are facing higher costs and longer wait times to get their phones fixed by a cell phone repair company.
(Photo: Brian Powers/IndyStar)The number of cell phone cases nationally is up about 40% from last year, and some states are seeing more of them.
The Indiana Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said that statewide, more than 11,000 people died in 2017 from diseases associated with a phone, according to the Associated Press.
About 3.2 million people were affected by a cellphone death in the U.S. last year.
About 1.8 million people in Indiana were killed by cell phone injuries in 2017, according the AP.
About 5,000 deaths in Indiana in 2017 were related to injuries from cell phones, according a 2017 study by the Indiana Department of Health and Environment.
The state is also responsible for more than 400 deaths per 100,000 residents from motor vehicle crashes and crashes caused by distracted driving.
The AP contacted the Indiana Public Service Commission for comment about its data.
In a statement, the commission said that it is working to “make our state the safest in the country to get and keep our communications, but we will not be complacent or rush to make a policy shift based on the findings of this report.”
“The health care industry has to innovate to provide the most appropriate and affordable solutions,” the commission wrote.