Technology and Humanity Are Fueling Advances in Health Equity

September 27, 2023
Brian Urban

When technology and humanity converge in a positive direction, they can do many things, including fueling the advances much needed in the strive for health equity.

The healthcare industry has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, driven by rapid technological advancements and a growing emphasis on human-centered care. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted the disparities in healthcare access and outcomes, making pursuing health equity more urgent than ever. According to a recent study, health disparities have led to a 30% higher mortality rate in underserved communities than their counterparts.

So, how can technology and humanity come together to bridge these gaps and ensure equitable healthcare for all?

Welcome to the Healthcare Rethink podcast. In this episode, host Brian Urban weighs in on the intersection between technology and humanity to find out how they fuel advances in health equity. Joining him in the discussion are two esteemed guests, Karen Murphy, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, and Founding Director of The Steele Institute for Health Innovation at Geisinger, and Aneesh Chopra, President at CareJourney and former US White House Chief Technology Officer.

In this enlightening conversation, they discuss:

  • The pivotal role of digital data and generative AI in transforming healthcare
  • The challenges and opportunities in leveraging technology to address health disparities
  • The importance of a bottom-up approach in driving meaningful change in the healthcare sector

About the Guests:

Dr. Karen Murphy has had an illustrious career, starting as a registered nurse and later transitioning into hospital administration. Recognized as one of the top women leaders by Modern Healthcare in 2021 and 2023, she has been at the forefront of healthcare innovation. Her journey includes serving as the CEO of a community hospital, leading the state innovation models initiative at CMMI, and her appointment as the Secretary of Health by Governor Wolf.

Aneesh Chopra has a diverse background, starting as an analyst at Morgan Stanley and later transitioning into public service. Recognized as one of the most influential persons by Modern Healthcare, he has been a strong advocate for leveraging technology for the public good. His tenure as the US White House Chief Technology Officer saw him leading several initiatives, including the National Wireless Initiative and Start-up America. As the President of CareJourney, he focuses on using public data to improve healthcare outcomes.

Together, these experts shed light on the future of healthcare, emphasizing the need for a collaborative approach that combines the strengths of technology and humanity to achieve health equity.

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