Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

How to Prevent Technology-Related Barriers to Care

Stacy Hurt

A group of industry innovators recently took part in a panel discussion hosted by Reuters Events™, “Taking Action to Eliminate Disparities and Advance Health Equity.” Technology was one of several topics these leaders covered during their wide-ranging conversation, moderated by patient engagement consultant Stacy Hurt. Hurt asked the panel, “How can we prevent technology from Read More

Health Equity and the Role of Technology

Patti Doykos

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // Healthcare executives from Highmark Health, Virginia Mason, and Bristol Myers Squibb discuss the potential of technology to level the playing field in healthcare. Technology is a two-edged sword. It can help solve some of healthcare’s thorniest challenges, and it can also create problems, however unintended, particularly in the realm Read More

How Chatbots Helped One System Reduce COVID-Related Call Volume

Intermountain Healthcare Logo

A few hospitals and health systems have been using chatbots for several years, but they came into more widespread use last year to help deal with the high volume of phone calls and emails they received about COVID-19. One such system was Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to a news release from Read More

Do Chatbots Speak Your Patients’ Language?

Jim-Samuel

// By Jim Samuel // Health systems have used chatbots on their websites for several years, and their usage increased with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now chatbot developers and health systems are looking to expand their use of chatbots into other areas of healthcare. If not implemented correctly, could chatbots increase inequity in our healthcare system? Read More

What Will it Take to Move Healthcare to Full Digital Enablement?

Margo Schneider

“I really hope that in the next 10 years the term ‘digital health’ is retired because all healthcare will be digitally enabled,” says Margo Schneider, senior director of digital strategy at UW Medicine. Schneider, along with Tara Nooteboom, director of strategic and digital growth at Rush System for Health, and Prem Batchu-Green, customer experience designer Read More

Texting: A Surprisingly Simple Strategy for Coordinating Vaccine Appointments

Luma Health

With the rush to get Americans vaccinated, organizations struggled to find the best way to contact patients to coordinate vaccine appointments, especially when demand exceeded supply. Adnan Iqbal, CEO of Luma Health, a San Francisco-based patient engagement platform, found many clients wanted to use the platform to get patients signed up at the appropriate time. Read More

Sustaining and Accelerating Digital Health Innovation in a Post-COVID World

Tara Nooteboom, manager of digital patient engagement, Rush

// By Jane Weber Brubaker // “I really hope that in the next 10 years the term ‘digital health’ is retired because all healthcare will be digitally enabled,” says Margo Schneider, senior director of digital strategy at UW Medicine. Schneider, with co-panelists Tara Nooteboom, director of strategic and digital growth at Rush System for Health, Read More

Text Messaging Beats Out Email, Apps for Coordinating Vaccine and Other Appointments

Adnan Iqbal

// By Althea Fung // Within the first three months of 2021, Chicago’s Cook County Health scheduled one million COVID-19 vaccination appointments, using text messaging at scale.  With the rush to get Americans vaccinated, organizations struggled to find the best way to contact patients to coordinate vaccine appointments, especially when demand exceeded supply. Adnan Iqbal, Read More