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MeriTalk: HRSA Official Outlines Challenges to Equitable Healthcare

Equity in healthcare services is a big problem plaguing many minority and immigrant groups in the United States, but one with the potential for technology-driven cures, a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official said on Nov. 3 at GDIT’s Emerge Health 2022 event.

Christine Ramey, deputy director of Office of Health Equity (OHE) within HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), explained that one of the most important aspects of increasing the level of equity in healthcare involves boosting broadband service access, which in turn enables further use of telehealth services…

“We see this oftentimes in pregnant people,” she said. “Their local hospital may not even have an obstetrician on staff, which then kind of also drives … issues around maternal mortality, which we’ve seen a lot as well.”

“Telemedicine, I think, has really kind of opened the doors, and I know the VA [Department of Veterans Affairs] has been using it for many years,” Ramey said. “I think now it’s kind of caught on, especially more in light of the COVID pandemic.” … Read the full article here.

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