Advancing Health Equity: Using Technology to Close the Gaps
Health inequities lead to approximately $93 billion in excess medical care costs per year. This panel discussion focused on trends and applications of technologies that remove barriers to health equity by increasing access to care, reducing the burden of disability and disease, and improving mental health so that every individual has a fair and equitable opportunity to achieve a healthy quality of life.
A Discussion with Industry-Leaders
Julie Teer, Senior Vice President & Foundation President at Wellstar Health System: Teer joined Wellstar Health System two years ago to help build a transformational foundation that aims to help address numerous issues surrounding health equity. Before joining Wellstar Health System, she spent eight years as the chief development and public affairs officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of America and worked with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Samira Saad, Medical Access Partner at Roche Diagnostics: Saad works as the Medical Access Partner at Roche Diagnostics and was ultimately brought into the industry by her desire to make a broader impact across all patient lives and in terms of improving health outcomes.
Keith Grant, Senior System Director for Infection Prevention at Hartford HealthCare: Grant is a member of the U.S. Air Force and has been delivering care over the past 17 years at many deployed locations across the globe, in addition to his duties at Hartford HealthCare as Senior System Director for Infection Prevention.
The Highlights of the Panel Discussion
- Institutions must leverage their data to address the needs of the underserved to understand what is happening at the grassroots level.
- The FDA recently guided the need for better patient inclusion, study design, and recruitment to increase how evidence is shaped and ensure all patients are represented.
- Care must be extended beyond the hospital walls with the proper care at the right time and place. Meeting people where they are and utilizing technology will be core to shaping and delivering consumer-centric healthcare.
- To reduce the access gap, healthcare systems need to redefine access and drive consistent communication and engagement within their community. The traditional belief is that the patients will come with more marketing, buildings, and clinical sites. Instead, healthcare institutions must work with platforms that communicate the appropriate information to patients.
- Digital technologies work as enablers to identify populations of interest and better reach people in areas that were typically not accessible.
- Digital technology can be used to educate and teach people how to manage their own health more effectively.
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