Health tech that connects people to quality care
By Dr. Laura Mauri, SVP & Chief Scientific, Medical, and Regulatory Officer
Other examples that use wireless connectivity and in-home patient monitoring platforms to connect patients and their care teams include cardiac pacemakers and neurostimulators to treat pain and Parkinson’s disease. So personalized care can happen seamlessly, and in an even more tailored way than before.
These technologies also contribute to a greater understanding of patients’ needs and the science of the human body, enabling the transformation of people-centered, patient-focused care and our understanding of the factors influencing health.
Healthcare technology is creating more connections in new ways, with advances that make care more accessible. Here are some emerging health tech solutions:
To innovate, improve, and make connected care successful, Medtronic is being systematic in our people-first approach. That includes ensuring diverse representation in research and treatment.
In the past, most developments in healthcare technology sprang from close collaboration between a doctor and an engineer. While that expertise is important for understanding the human body and technology, we also need information about how people interact with the technology.
–Dr. Laura Mauri, SVP & Chief Scientific, Medical, and Regulatory Officer
Because not all patients are the same, it’s vital for us to prioritize the needs of diverse communities.
For example, more than 35 million people live with diabetes in the United States. However, Black and Hispanic Americans with diabetes are two to three times less likely to use technology to treat the disease, compared to white Americans. Medtronic is working to remove some of the barriers that lead to this disparity through interventions in diabetes care, increasing diverse representation in clinical studies, partnering with provider centers, and educating patients. Hypertension, stroke, and other heart and neurologic conditions also disproportionately affect communities of color and warrant dedicated attention through similar collaborations.