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Digital Health Equity and Technology: Where Are We Now?

2023 Future of Health Summit

Digital Health Equity and Technology: Where Are We Now?

Monday, November 6, 2023
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM EST
Salamander Washington DC - Gallery C

Research has shown that racial biases can be built into medical products, leading to misdiagnoses, inaccurate readings, and delays in therapy. Pulse oximeters calibrated to lighter skin color caused underestimates of the severity of COVID-19; infrared thermometers calibrated to lighter skin color gave inaccurately low temperature readings, causing under-diagnosis and delaying treatment of COVID among darker-skinned populations. In this session, experts will discuss how R&D processes can embed equity considerations from the start, not as an afterthought. They will also review the role of digital health in closing gaps in health outcomes, and the potential for real-world data to enhance understanding of the needs and experiences of under-represented communities.

Jon Fortt
Co-Anchor, TechCheck, CNBC
Sandy Balkin
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Analytics, Royalty Pharma
Michelle Longmire
CEO, Co-Founder, Medable
Bridgette McCullough
Founder and CEO, ACIRAH Health
Lissette Steele
Founder and Managing Partner, Verge Scientific Communications, LLC
Michelle Tarver
Deputy Center Director, Chief Transformation Officer, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, US Food and Drug Administration