Back to the Future: Achieving Health Equity Through Health Informatics and Digital Health

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Back to the Future: Achieving Health Equity Through Health Informatics and Digital Health

Digital Health Equity

In this Deloitte article, you'll learn about:
  • The rapid proliferation of health informatics and digital health innovations has revolutionized clinical and research practices. There are legitimate concerns about how these promising technological advances can lead to unintended consequences. It is important that those who develop these new technologies understand the challenges faced by disadvantaged groups. We believe that researchers and developers should work together with communities to build modern tools to make everyone healthier. A lack of acknowledgment of these inequities could lead to their further propagation and widen the digital divide.

  • Psychosocial factors or social determinants of health are critical in predicting health outcomes and are tied to the majority of health inequities. Despite progress made toward improving the health of the US population as a whole, racial and ethnic minorities shoulder the heaviest burden of health disparities related to higher prevalence and premature mortality from chronic health conditions.
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