With April, 7th around the corner, our digital health newsletter is inspired by some of the stories that is going to promote Fairer and Healthier World for Everyone. Since last 50 years, World Health Day has been consistently promoting a theme that brings light to important issues around healthcare such as mental health, maternal and child care, climate change etc. This year in 2021, the theme is “Fairer and Healthier World for everyone”
In order to achieve this, healthcare has to be seen from a different perspective of reactive care to preventive care.
Digital health has a big role to play as we progress into an era of post covid care. Here are some of the initiatives that can be leveraged for a fairer and healthier world for everyone
Affordability of Care from Digitization to Democratization: There are number of digital health programs that has promised Affordable healthcare for all. For ex.
Health program of the Government of India’s National Health Plan named Ayushman Bharat aimed at providing free secondary and tertiary health coverage to its lowest 40% poorest and most vulnerable population.
Similarly, in US, The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a healthcare reform introduced by President Barack Obama back in 2010. The law brought policies intended to extend health insurance coverage to millions of uninsured Americans
Al these programs are driven by digitization of data. Beyond Digitization, we need to truly march towards an era where Democratization of Data will be needed where data is freely available for bringing more innovations and faster decision making at a rapid pace.
Government programs, communities, provider and payer networks shall work together to ensure affordable care for all. This data transparency here can potentially eliminate the root causes of the inequities. Data sharing technologies should be widely used across different entities to push this change.
Collection and timely availability of Health Data: With population health data collected and analyzed across genders, race, age, income, education, migration status, disability, geographic locations and any other factor relevant for the country’s population, it will ensure that the inequities are identified and root causes are eliminated. Some of the technologies that will be leveraged here for creating healthcare equity is undoubtedly tele health and the ability to remotely diagnose patients in rural areas. Tele health setups can be established to collect various patient vitals and provide prescription-based orders to a nearby pharmacy.
Leveraging AI to Tackle Inequities through actionable insights:
Once the data is collected, the learnings are captured, reports can be quickly pulled to demonstrate this data inequity across geographies and regions. This can be tagged at government program levels or provider level to bring a comprehensive strategy for tackling the issues.
With AI, historical datasets can be compared and classified to identify specific inequities amongst the group of people. It can be further leveraged to write algorithms that can predict and prevent inequities. Below we have laid down some of the tools that are leveraged to make a data driven world.
Data which is present form of structured, unstructured or semi structured data can be ingested to data lake hosted on cloud like Azure or AWS
Once the data is captured, all sort of cleaning activities can be taken up to transform the structureless datasets into structured data using any of the native data cleaning services i.e. Azure Databricks or AWS Databricks available on Azure or AWS
From the insight’s standpoint, we can simply leverage the machine learning/deep learning techniques using Python, R or Scala to derive deeper insights from the data present.
From reporting standpoint, we can simply perform various root cause and raw data analysis by using tools like Power BI or can simply take the insights from Databricks to non-relational or relational databases before pulling them on dashboards over web or mobile apps.
To summarize, whether you are a provider, payer or pharma company, for building an equal world data driven digitization and democratization has a significant role to play. Lot of initiatives we are observing are towards making a strong collaboration between these different enterprises through innovative usage of technologies.
Below are some of the news:
Read how United Health Group has been continuing Health Equity Initiatives across different communities leveraging the data and advanced analytics to promote new scientific discoveries
Read how CVS Health has built community-based strategy to address COVID-19 vaccine education and equity
New toolkit helps older adults maintain good mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
InterSystems signs on to HL7's Vulcan FHIR Accelerator Program
The aim is to extend the FHIR's capability beyond clinical care and into translational research, improving patient outcomes and driving delivery efficiencies by combining research and EHR data.
To achieve healthcare equity, telehealth must be expanded to rural and underserved communities
Reform efforts must be coupled with significant and targeted investment to bridge the digital divide, says Dr. Jason Tibbels of Teladoc.
Some More Investment news:
Amgen signs agreement to acquire Rodeo Therapeutics for $721m
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