Tech leaders say digital health can help build trust address health equity among Medicare patients

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Tech leaders say digital health can help build trust address health equity among Medicare patients

Leaders want tech in Medicare

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  • Digital health companies are seeing rapidly rising demand for tech tools among the Medicare population. Of all Medicare beneficiaries, 52% received telemedicine care through the end of 2020, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A study found that adults over 65 are more engaged with digital coaching platforms than younger adults are. Podimetrics, launched in 2011, is a care management company that developed a solution to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers. The company's care model is designed around preventing foot amputations as a complication of diabetes.

  • A technology that helps prevent ER visits and hospitalizations doesn't fit easily into hospitals' fee-for-service payment models. MA plans are now a viable place for a "prevention play," Podimetrics CEO David Bloom said. "You can surround members and patients with a truly supportive infrastructure and scaffolding, so that every step along the way, they are supported". At Uber Health, the ride-sharing platform's health branch, executives are focused on leveraging the platform to provide patients rides to and from medical appointments. Technology can help scale the reach of care managers and population health managers to reach the "exception to the rule" when an intervention is needed.
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