Tara Davis of Rimidi joins me on Leading with Health to discuss healthcare technology and its developing role in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

Tara is an Epidemiologist with a diverse background in Science and Public Health. Prior to joining the Rimidi team, Tara worked as a Research Projects Manager for Emory University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She holds an MSPH from UAB and a Bachelor’s of Science from Spelman College, and an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology. Tara’s expertise is in the development and evaluation of Public Health prevention programs and interventions involving technology-based approaches. She has published in the areas of Chronic Disease and Digital Health.

Highlights include:

2:53 – TD: “CDC reports that chronic conditions disproportionately affect minority populations, and then there’s a delay in care or not receiving care at all because of the lack of access.”

4:15 – TD: “Studies show that 71% of Americans that make less than $30,000 have access to smartphones, and that number significantly increases when you include other devices. So I think it’s just that the healthcare industry, the science industry, needs to catch up with the time.”

5:11 – TD: “(The switch to value-based care) is encouraging providers to take a more holistic approach to care. And part of that is to increase the number of touch points with patients and to increase the amount of communication with patients. And what easier way to do that than by technology?”

11:00 – TD: “We developed a web-based health education platform and we proved that education is a great entry point for introducing technology in the quote unquote hard-to-reach population.”

15:01 – TD: “I think that, after 2020, the data will come in. It’s all about data … you have to have the data that proves that remote patient monitoring, telehealth, is working. You know, we have to have the data to prove it. And the public health emergency, with physicians really having no choice but to turn to technology now, I think the data coming out of this year will encourage an increase in the usage of virtual health services.”

Leading with Health is hosted by Jennifer Michelle. Jennifer has a Master’s in Public Health and Epidemiology and is a certified EMT. As President of Michelle Marketing Strategies, Jennifer specializes in healthcare marketing. She is on a mission to create a healthcare system that actually cares about the patients and the providers.