Discussing Health Equity: A Starting Point If you search for statistics on health equity or disparities in the U.S., you will find a plethora of studies and statistics providing examples of inequality in health outcomes for racial and other minority groups. When thinking about how to resolve these inequities, it's important to understand the context … Continue reading Big Data, Regulation, and the Future of Health Equity
The U.S. healthcare system continues to perform poorly in health equity. For example, in New Orleans, life expectancy of babies varies drastically by zipcode.1 While many physicians are aware of the vast inequities in health outcomes by race and socioeconomic status across the healthcare system, physicians don’t usually have much visibility into health equity for … Continue reading Improving Health Equity with Human Factors
The U.S. government has released its first "HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities." Let's take a look at how racial equity can analyzed and addressed in access to primary care and preventive care - the most vital type resource for keeping populations healthy.
Systemic racism in America impacts health and wellness in many different ways, from poverty rates to insurance access to quality of care received by healthcare institutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated alarming disparities in healthcare outcomes by race/ethnicity. 80% of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have been of Black individuals, while only 13.4% of … Continue reading Healthcare, Racism, and IT: How do they intersect?
Racism is a layered and systemic problem in U.S. healthcare. Is IT helping or harming? Can it play a healing role?
In my own words, I would define informatics as "the study of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting information to facilitate processes." Informatics combines both computer science and information science to encompass a broad range of computational technology, as well as the collection, storage, and analysis of information. The focus area for my blog will be … Continue reading What is Health Informatics?
Challenges in Primary Care The world, and especially the U.S., is facing a total crisis when it comes to primary healthcare. There are a few contributing factors that have come together to create a dire situation. First, as time has progressed, we have learned more and more about healthcare, discovering hundreds of thousands of diseases. … Continue reading The Primary Care Crisis: What to Do?
Anyone who has been diagnosed with a chronic disease has experienced the unsettling cycle of emotions that accompany such often-shocking news. Fear. Anxiety. Denial. Depression. And in many cases, isolation. The feeling that no one can understand what you are going through. No matter how life-threatening or relatively low-impact a diagnosis may be on one's … Continue reading Does Emotional Support Improve Health Outcomes?