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Centering Equity in Digital Health: Solution Design

Learning Objectives
1. Recognize that health technology can exacerbate health inequities for marginalized and minoritized communities
2. Identify principles of inclusive, equity-centered design for patient- and provider-facing health technology solutions
3. Describe and identify strategies to integrate equity principles into the four phases of technology design
0.5 Credit CME

Advancements in digital health technology offer incredible opportunity to advance health equity and improve outcomes for all communities. However, racism, sexism, ableism, and other systems of oppression are embedded in prevalent technology development practices and structures – from the way digital health teams are formed and funded to the way products are designed, implemented, and evaluated. This exacerbates long-standing injustices impacting the health and wellbeing of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other communities of color; those who identify as LGBTQIA+; immigrant communities; people with low income; people with disabilities, and other communities who have been marginalized by the U.S. health system. This first module of a three-part series focuses on how an equity-first approach can be applied to digital health solution development, through meaningful engagement with and formal accountability to marginalized user communities across all phases of the design process.

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Activity Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.

If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

0.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.5 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

0.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.5 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program; and

0.5 CME points in the American Board of Surgery’s (ABS) Continuing Certification program.

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.


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