Clock iconJune 17, 2021

Healthcare executives call on Biden to take ‘innovative, bold’ steps to tackle health equity using AI, big data

According to Fierce Healthcare, during Reuters’ Digital Health 2021 virtual event, Alisahah Cole, M.D., system vice president of population health innovation and policy at CommonSpirit Health, said that COVID-19 placed a clear strain on the health system’s infrastructure, particularly when it came to public health agencies’ ability to collect and analyze patient data from a wealth of different sources. Dr. Cole also said that, at the same time, structural racism and other issues related to social determinants of health have exacerbated outcomes across certain patient populations while driving up costs for individuals, health organizations and the broader public. Dr. Cole added that it is not a lack of data that is the issue, but rather the analysis and what to do with the data.

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