When it comes to treating chronic diseases, healthcare technology can help more people in more places, through artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics, personalisation, and community-based connected care.
Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. But some types of colorectal cancer, when caught early, can have a five-year survival rate of up to 91%. Screening is crucial, but not everyone has equal access. The Medtronic Health Equity Assistance Program for colon cancer screening brings together innovative healthcare technology — the GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy system — and partnerships with local organisations to reach more people. GI Genius™ uses AI to improve detection of hard-to-see polyps that can lead to colorectal cancer, which disproportionately impacts Black adults, who are about 20% more likely to get the disease and about 40% more likely to die from it compared to other groups. The Medtronic program has donated 130 GI Genius™ modules to endoscopy centers in marginalised communities across the United States. With these placements, there is an opportunity to impact more than 350,000 patients over three years.
By collaborating with hospitals and with Mpirik and Vizient, we are working to address disparities in care associated with sudden cardiac arrest. Our data shows that many patients medically indicated for devices that can prevent cardiac arrest do not receive them, with people of color and women getting devices at a lower rate than white men. Mpirik’s AI platform screens electronic health records at five hospitals to identify patients, regardless of race or gender, who meet the criteria for implantable cardioverter defibrillators or cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillators. By using real-world data to remove potential bias in decision-making, the collaboration aims to improve care pathways and improve outcomes for all patients.
Over the decades, we have worked closely with healthcare professionals to create a deep bench of medical education and patient advocacy that can flex to meet unique regional, country, and community needs. Those efforts create a domino effect of knowledge sharing that can have a significant impact on local communities. In one year, we reached more than 350,000 healthcare practitioners across our global network of Medtronic Innovation Centers and training sites, and invested more than $69 million in capacity building and training.