News Highlights: Using technology to help heal health inequalities
For the first time in its 54-year history, CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) is fully digital this week.
Technology, some of which have been highlighted in previous shows, has helped us save ourselves during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing us to work, learn and connect remotely. Telemedicine made it possible to see doctors virtually, with no risk of infection to anyone. Wearables help us monitor our own health and wellness and watch for early signs of viral infection. And remote monitoring devices allow us to care for family members when we can’t be there in person.
Despite these advancements, the US faces disparities in access to care and treatment across racial, socio-economic and geographic boundaries. Individuals from low-income, chronically ill, and elderly Americans communities are among the many communities often overlooked in our health care system, with tragic consequences: Black and Hispanic Americans, along with Native Americans and Alaska Natives, have higher rates. .
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