VA leaders discuss addressing America’s Health Care Disparities Through Tech

“The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to close nationwide gaps in health care provision, including across race and gender as well as throughout rural areas with currently limited technological access.”

“Speaking at the Veterans Health Administration iEX forum, private sector partners spoke with VA leadership on critical areas of health care disparity — like access and economic hardship — as well as methods to address them.”

“The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have served to highlight various gaps in American medical access, with the disparities in care and patient outcomes present across nearly all nationwide health systems.”

“In a discussion with VA Office of Health Equity Executive Director Ernest Moy, representatives from some of the agency’s closest partners in academia and the private sector outlined major concern areas in care access. Moy noted that the demands of the pandemic have only highlighted the impact that care gaps can have on separate populations, particularly during a public health crisis of COVID-19’s scope. This has also led VA to further leverage its health care modernization program to address these needs.”

“‘The current pandemic has caused a lot of disruption in our entire health care system, but it’s also made us rethink our approach toward health and health care in a lot of new ways. This creates new opportunities for doing new things to advance health care equity,’ Moy said at the event.”

“VA seems to be attuned to healthcare disparities caused by a variety of factors, and is looking to approach these as potentially overlapping or mutually compounding issues rather than addressing them in isolation…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA Addresses America’s Health Care Disparities Through Tech – By Adam Patterson, October 19, 2021. GovernmentCIO.

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