Big tech, digital health coalition forms to undercut COVID-19 healthcare disparities

A new multi-sector effort by private technology firms, healthcare providers and members of public entities to outline the role of technology in addressing health inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19 was revealed this morning by the Consumer Technology Association and the Connected Health Effort.

To this end, the first major project of the initiative would consist of a white paper containing policy and organisational guidelines, as the industry groups wrote in their announcement, to help better execute novel health technologies. Wearables, remote monitoring, clinical decision support, telehealth and artificial intelligence are examples of the types of instruments being explored.

Within its membership, the Health Equity and Access Leadership (HEAL) Coalition has 17 organisations.

  • A new multi-sector effort by private technology firms, healthcare providers and members of public entities to outline the role of technology in addressing health inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19 was revealed this morning by the Consumer Technology Association and the Connected Health Effort.

  • Representatives of the providers include Boston Children’s Hospital, Cambria Health, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Telehealth Center of the University of Virginia and MLEM.

  • “To enhance health outcomes in underserved communities, access to health technologies, faith and health literacy are all important,” Fitzpatrick said in a statement.

  • I am excited that government leaders would follow our process to better understand the requisite policies and the role that technology can play in combating health inequalities.

  • Wearables, remote control, clinical decision support, telehealth and artificial intelligence are examples of the types of instruments being explored.

WHY IT MATTERS

“In a statement, Rene Quashie, VP of digital health for the CTA, said,” The growth of digital health technology offers us a unique opportunity to help advance health equity, expand access to treatment, increase the quality of health care and lower costs. In the U.S., health inequalities have long been a concern, and only certain discrepancies have been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will help minimise inefficiencies with greater usage and implementation of technology and provide more personalised treatment for vulnerable patients and customers.

THE LARGER TREND

The latest initiative by the CTA comes roughly a month after another alliance of big tech and digital health names, one based on digital therapeutics standardisation, was created. The members of that initiative, similar to the HEAL Coalition, highlighted COVID-19 as bringing new urgency to the issue.

In the meantime, many other start-ups and organisations have redoubled their efforts to tackle social determinants of health problems that have been exasperated during the pandemic. Read more from source