Title

Technological Innovation in Healthcare: Disrupting Old Systems to Create More Value for African American Patients in Academic Medical Centers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-9-2020

Publication Title

Journal of the National Medical Association

Volume

112

Issue

3

First page number:

289

Last page number:

293

Abstract

Healthcare in the United States (U.S.) has made incredible advances, but inefficiency and high costs continue to permeate the system. Urban and underserved communities face the greatest array of healthcare problems including the need to improve the quality of care provided them, disproportionate levels of poverty among different groups in the U.S., and the number of unhealthy people disproportionately represented by mostly African American and Hispanic populations. Academic medical centers (AMCs) are major community stakeholders who work to fulfill the increasing healthcare demands of underserved communities. With the tripartite mission of delivering high quality care to patients, undertaking clinical and laboratory research, and training future health professionals, AMCs have a unique ability to address health concerns of the most vulnerable populations. Innovations in healthcare technology are critical to ensure that AMCs properly address health disparities and the specific health concerns of rapidly growing African American populations. Awareness of these disparities may lead to improved processes and protocol implementation, which can promote innovation and quality improvement to allow AMCs to remain a key player in addressing population-based clinical research, quality of care, and health disparities nationwide.

Keywords

Technology; Innovation; Disparity; African American; Quality care

Disciplines

Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Inequality and Stratification | Race and Ethnicity

Language

English

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