Devices Alone can’t be Given the Onus of Solving Healthcare Failures

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This piece follows Mignon Clyburn's insight on how racism is becoming a hurdle between healthcare facilities and the needy.

It also includes her opinion regarding choosing devices and technology to resolute the disparities.

While systemic racism stretching its reach towards medical care facilities as well, the health IT professional opines to use technology as a weapon to defeat this disparity. But as per Mignon Clyburn, the former FCC Commissioner, on this decision claims that tools chosen to address inequity must address foundational issues of the health industry as well.

Clyburn is now the principal at MLC strategies and has also served on President Joe Biden’s team. She makes herself clear that it is the time when the authority must question itself about the assurance of the chosen solution keeping every stage in mind. 

That means it has to be a game-changer for healthcare failures. It will also change the the development stage, beta stage, marketing stage, etc. As per her observations, the legacy of a healthcare system is avoiding people of other colors, especially African American women.

Clyburn further questions, “We haven’t come to terms and addressed the problems, the inefficiencies, the downright non-equitable and uncompassionate problems of the past. So what are we building?” A complete query on the building, designing, and funding of these tools must e clear at first, she adds.

Pointing out some ways, Clyburn suggests tools such as those that are powered by artificial intelligence. These tools are playing bias roles, which also got reported in the New England Journal of Medicine report. She also cited studies that showed white medical students think black people feel less pain. And these types of judgments bringing more biasness and causing healthcare failures.

Another major issue she pointed is broadband connectivity, which focuses mainly on rural connectivity but lefts the urban center unable to connect. As per her, focusing on a particular area won’t be able to bring out a solution for the entire country.

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