Many industries have inequities and disparities. One such example is the healthcare space, but now one association is looking to address this with technology.
Consider the example of American Telehealth Assn., which has released three new tools through its Advisory Group on Using Telehealth to Eliminate Disparities and Inequities within healthcare. The objective here is to highlight the ways in which telehealth can impact disparities and inequities.
Here are how these three tools can help in healthcare:
- A Digital Infrastructure Disparities Score and Map, which uses a new composite measure designed to score a community’s digital infrastructure on a scale of 1-100.
- An Economic and Social Value-Added Calculator, which is designed to scope the cost of telehealth-based clinical or social interventions, including estimates for the total value of an intervention created in favor of payers, providers, government, and business.
- A toolkit summarizing all resources the group has released to date.
In the future, we will see more initiatives aimed at improving inequities and disparities in healthcare. Telehealth will certainly play into how we begin to eliminate the inequities in healthcare. Keep an eye on this market in the days ahead.