How will telehealth impact health equity?

Will telehealth widen or reduce health disparities? Telehealth may make it easier for individuals who lack transportation to get access to medical care; on the other hand, those without high-speed internet or good cell phone connections could be disadvantaged. In a recent report, NCQA examined the future of telehealth and examined how to make sure…

Has Medicine Reached the Digital Age? Five Key Obstacles Digital Technologies Still Need to Overcome

That is the title of a recent commentary published in the Journal of Clinical Pathways with my colleague David Gruber. New digital technologies have the potential to greatly improve our healthcare system on multiple fronts. Telemedicine allowed many patients to communicate with their doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic; during the height of the pandemic, 30% of…

Adoption of Digital Health Technologies in the Practice of Behavioral Health

This is the title of a paper published today with co-authors Suepattra May, Caroline Huber, Meaghan Roach, Wade Aubry, Darius Lakdawalla, John Kane, and Felicia Forma. The subtitle is “Qualitative Case Study of Glucose Monitoring Technology“. The abstract is below. Background: Evaluation of patients with serious mental illness (SMI) relies largely on patient or caregiver…

ISPOR Europe Panel: “Will COVID-19 Accelerate the Adoption of Digital Health Technologies?”

Tomorrow, Monday, November 16 at 15:00 CET (9:00 EST/6:00 PST), I will be on an ISPOR Europe Panel titled “Will COVID-19 Accelerate the Adoption of Digital Health Technologies? Perspectives on Evaluating Digital Health Technologies during Global Disease Outbreaks“. The session will be moderated by Kristian Kidholm, PhD of the University of Southern Denmark, and my…

Quantifying the digital divide

Telemedicine and video-conferencing are helping to bridge the gap in access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic. These approaches, however, only work if patients have access to the technology needed to engage in telemedicine or videoconference visits. A paper by Roberts and Mehrota (2020) uses data from the 2018 American Community Survey (ACS) and finds…