Population and Public Health

Breaking Down Barriers to Accessing Care

The healthcare industry is undergoing a digital transformation, but barriers to accessing care—physical, virtual and health literacy challenges—are still barriers to improving health for everyone, everywhere. Every year, transportation issues bar 3.6 million people in rural and urban communities across the United States from receiving medical care. While 96% of Americans own a cellphone of some kind, among Americans with annual incomes under $30,000, only 56% have home broadband access, which impacts their ability to engage in telehealth services. Finally, limited literacy negatively impacts health knowledge access, proper medication usage and communication with care teams, among other things.

Hear a panel of experts discuss how they have addressed these barriers and developed strategies and collaborative programs that are both scalable and sustainable—all with the goal to improve patient access to care and thus drive patient empowerment and improve outcomes.

Webinar participants

Maria Basso Lipani, MSW, LCSW, Vice President, Care Management and Population Health, MSHP
At Mount Sinai Health Partners, a 2013 HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence recipient, Maria leads a team of social workers, nurses and care coordinators. The team provides supportive services to at-risk patients and their families for practices participating in Mount Sinai’s healthcare enterprise and collaborative partnerships.

Joe Longo, Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas
Joe is a recognized healthcare technology executive and has been the steward of IT strategic plans and technology direction for major hospital systems and IT firms alike. He prides himself in his service to public health and applying advanced healthcare IT capabilities to environments typically under-represented in the high-tech community. Under his leadership, Parkland Health and Hospital System was recognized as a 2017 HIMSS Davies Award recipient.

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