Health Equity By Design
Medaflex is dedicated to equity in healthcare
Medaflex helps you access, understand, and use your own health record. Enabling you to share that when you need it, with a new doctor or a clinic you walk into helps create that equity through personal better outcomes. Take control of your wellness and your healthcare information.
What are social determinants of health?
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.
We must design equity into our healthcare system!
Patient Health Records (PHR) Equalize the Playing Field for the most vulnerable patients with multiple healthcare providers presenting to a new clinician or physician.
Electronic medical records improve quality of care, patient outcomes, and safety through improved management, reduction in medication errors, reduction in unnecessary investigations, and improved communication and interactions among primary care providers, patients, and other providers involved in care.
Electronic medical records improve the work lives of clinicians. Electronic medical records have been demonstrated to improve efficiencies in work flow through reducing the time required to pull charts, improving access to comprehensive patient data, helping to manage prescriptions, improving scheduling of patient appointments, and providing remote access to patients’ charts.
SDOH improves patient and population health by contributing to the complete picture of an individual. Social determinants of health can lead to better care management and personalized care. We believe the industry should remain focused on the shared goal of improving patient outcomes.
Health IT Leadership
ONC chief Micky Tripathi talks public health data systems and ‘health equity by design’
Speaking at Sirona Strategies’ Health IT Leadership Roundtable, new National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi offered an overview of ONC’s strategic priorities for the near future. “Job number one is COVID-19 right now. We are supporting all of the work related to the execution of the executive orders … [and] make sure that every single one of those is hitting the mark in terms of the priority, the urgency, the importance and the execution.”
But although the COVID-19 crisis shone a spotlight on a patchy public health reporting structure, it has also cast a glaring light on public health disparities across underserved communities in the U.S.
“What I think we all need to work on and move toward – and certainly within the ONC, we’re doing our best to do this – is thinking about health equity by design,” said Tripathi.
Tripathi is positioning to be certain that new IT initiatives are forged in social determinants of health, or SDOH as a “fundamental design criterion.”