Jan 21 2022

White House Seeks Examples of How Digital Health Tech Is Improving Community Health

Healthcare technology stakeholders can submit their insights into how digital health tools are making a positive impact on health equity.

Digital health technology can play a major role in achieving health equity, as proven by several telehealth use cases during the pandemic, made possible by telehealth waivers.

To further explore how technology innovation can lower barriers to quality healthcare for all Americans, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has published a Request for Information on Strengthening Community Health Through Technology.

The RFI seeks input from community health stakeholders and technology developers about how digital health technologies are used, or could be used in the future, to transform community health, individual wellness and health equity.

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OSTP is particularly interested in information from community-based health settings and about populations traditionally underserved by healthcare.

“Despite decades of investment in the digital health ecosystem, the COVID-19 pandemic illuminated continuing, substantial limitations in the U.S. healthcare systems, including profound disparities in healthcare and associated poorer health outcomes within certain communities,” the RFI states. “Yet the pandemic has also provided an opportunity for innovation in healthcare delivery across the U.S. and internationally, particularly in community-based settings.”

To support this effort, OSTP is seeking information about these seven topics:

  • Successful models of strengthening community health through digital health technologies within the U.S. and abroad
  • Barriers to the uptake of digital health technologies
  • Trends from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • How user experience is measured
  • Technological tools, equipment and infrastructure needs of community health workers
  • Ideas for potential government action
  • Effects on health equity

Comments are due by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. Comments can be submitted via email to connectedhealth@ostp.eop.gov with “Connected Health RFI” in the subject line of the email.

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