Kristina Saffran, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Equip
Moderator: Marshall E. Jackson, Jr., Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Top takeaways included:
Virtual-care platforms and digital-health technologies continue to reduce barriers by bringing care directly into the home and expanding access to culturally competent care.
Digital-health tools help increase provider access to data and inform patients about new research findings and other relevant developments they may wish to raise with providers during care visits.
Advances in women’s health continue to lag, but digital-health providers are closing the gap by using enhanced data collection and analysis to develop new care pathways designed specifically for women.
Patient and provider education is critical to the successful adoption and use of digital-health tools. However, choice of technology impacts adoption and continued use of digital-health platforms. For example, the leveraging of smartphones that providers and patients are already accustomed to using may yield greater results, as compared to the use of unique or custom devices that require training to use correctly.
Market focus is shifting from access to quality. As economic conditions change, digital-health platforms that seek new funding will face pressure to prove that their offerings not only increase access, but actually improve outcomes.