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Why Digital Health is Missing the Mark

Digital health interventions have generated significant interest; however, vulnerable populations who would benefit most often lack access and awareness. We will discuss current barriers to reaching these groups and ways science and technology can merge to reduce health disparities and improve access. Examples from addiction and HIV will demonstrate strategies to promote usage by patients and healthcare providers, and identify methods for app developers to integrate testing into initial design.

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  1. What currently limits access to, and use of, digital health interventions among vulnerable and resource limited populations?
  2. How do we identify and reach vulnerable people who will benefit from digital health, and how do we increase provider digital health prescribing?
  3. Is it ethical for healthcare providers to recommend digital health interventions since they are currently unregulated and largely untested?



Kasey Claborn, Asst Professor, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin

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