Managing Partner, Social Innovation Ventures and Former US Medicaid Chief Medical Officer
There is growing interest in opportunities to deliver more health care in home and community-based settings. Bringing care to patients more directly offers significant promise in improving access to care and potentially improving health equity. The COVID-19 pandemic both accelerated the drive to deliver care in these settings and also demonstrated the potential to improve access for vulnerable populations through the use of digital health technologies. Even preceding the pandemic there has been an increasing demand for providing care where patients are, especially to address the desires of many to "age in place". Digital health technologies are primed to support this shift in care delivery and care management; however, challenges remain with ensuring widespread availability and use of digital health technologies in these settings. This session will explore the role of digital health technologies in supporting the delivery of home and community-based care and making care both more accessible and equitable. Additionally, the session will outline challenges with expanding the use of these technologies in home and community-based settings including ensuring broadband coverage, especially in rural and medically underserved areas and expanding use among providers and patients.