CTA convened technology companies, health systems, medical device manufacturers, insurance providers, public policy organizations and medical societies to propose policy recommendations.
Health Equity and Access Leadership Coalition
The Health Equity and Access Leadership Coalition (HEAL) is a collaboration among nearly 35 organizations spanning the entire health ecosystem led by CTA and the Connected Health Initiative, including organizations like Anthem, Fitbit (a Google company), Omron Healthcare, Philips, ResMed, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Validic. The group analyzed ways in which digital health can play a more significant role in addressing and mitigating health disparities. The Coalition is co-chaired by Dr. Lucienne Ide, founder and CEO of Rimidi, and Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO of Grapevine Health.
The work of the HEAL Coalition is reflected in a white paper Advancing Health Equity Through Technology, published in November 2021. This paper addresses issues such as the impact low digital literacy has on health outcomes and how lack of access to broadband affects digital health adoption. The Coalition makes several recommendations including encouraging the development of digital hubs to train, educate and support patients and providers, and supporting a coherent and meaningful expansion of broadband coverage to ensure true connectivity reaches rural and underserved areas.
CTA and its Health Division will continue to work to advance the use of consumer-based, technology-enabled health solutions to address issues such as public health and health equity, and deliver better health outcomes and reduce overall health care costs. To learn more and get involved, contact Caroline Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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