Health equity is a critical issue within the healthcare space, rightfully motivating broad action from various stakeholders. But despite widespread support for the idea of health equity, it is far from our current reality. In the complex web of private and public entities that comprise the United States healthcare system, access to quality health care is often dependent on a person’s circumstances in life.
As organizations across the spectrum of health care dedicate themselves to advancing access to care for all patients, they can and should take advantage of technological innovations to support this effort. In a recently published article, Nicole Chambers, VP of Strategic Initiatives at Annexus Health, discusses how technology offers innovative avenues to bridge healthcare gaps for underserved populations, including:
- Data analytics for population health
- Health education and awareness
- Public health campaigns
- Community health portals
- Mobile health applications
- Telemedicine and remote monitoring
- And more…
While the problem of health inequity is massive, so is the potential of technology to help solve it. Patients, healthcare providers, life science companies, policymakers, and other stakeholders along the patient care journey must embrace digital solutions that make health care more comprehensive, affordable, and accessible for all.