How Digital Technology Can Increase Diversity, Equity And Inclusion In Medical Research

"Lack of diversity has been a longstanding shortcoming in health research. That lack has not only failed underrepresented groups in the past but also threatens the progress of medical science and the healthcare industry in the future."

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One of the countless consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been an increase in technology usage. In fact, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that telehealth consultations rose from 0.3% from March to June 2019 to 24% during the same period in 2020. Medical research was also forced to switch from in-person to digital meetings with research participants. This trend, coupled with the fact that 97% of all U.S. adults own a cellphone, highlights a potential avenue for researchers. 
CEO and founder of Vibrent Health Praduman Jain is confident that technology is part of the solution and will help address DEI challenges within medical research. We agree with the recommendations Jain gives to researchers in this article as well as his belief that “DEI in medical research is not only good ethics and good science, it’s good business.”
It is crucial to have a team as committed as you are when addressing these complex and persistent issues. Message Jonathan Dyke or Deon Gaines to learn more about ideascape and how we can serve as an extension of your team.  

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