Plenary: Harnessing Technology to Build a Healthy, Equitable Future
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMThu
Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES
Robert Gold, PhD, DrPH
Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health (Primary), and Department of Medicine (Secondary)
Will new technologies boost medication adherence and improve chronic disease management? Can artificial intelligence help solve the mental health crisis? When it comes to digital health tools, there’s hope behind the hype – especially when it comes to overcoming the challenges of limited health literacy. This plenary will inspire you to harness the power of design to drive real-world change in health care.
We’ll also discuss the practical implications of adopting new technology including:
1. What we know about how literacy affects the way a user reads and processes information on a screen
2. What to consider when evaluating the usability and accessibility of these new digital health tools
3. What are the implications of the increasing use of artificial intelligence and natural language processing as a gateway to decision making in our work
4. What we know about the potential risks to privacy and weaponized health communication
Together, we can ensure that new digital health tools – from voice-activated virtual assistants to patient portals – are inclusive, accessible, and easy-to-use for everyone, especially adults with limited health literacy skills.
1. Describe at least 3 examples of how digital technologies as used by government, academicians, private industry, and consumers will in the future address some of the nation’s most pressing health literacy challenges.
2. Identify 3 characteristics to consider when evaluating the accessibility and usability of digital health tools.
3. Explain the benefits of engaging patients and the public in designing digital health tools, particularly people with limited health literacy skills.
4. Describe both the promises and perils of a technology enhanced future for addressing health literacy.