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Opeeka speaks with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on health technologies

Opeeka is honored to present its vision among the nine most innovative companies leading the future of healthcare

How science and technology innovation can reduce the barriers that keep all Americans from accessing quality health care and leading healthier lives

As innovators, our companies have already developed technology that will address the challenges highlighted, but we recognize that there must be policy to encourage adoption and promote change.

— Dr. Kate Cordell

FOLSOM, CALIFORNIA, USA, April 7, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Kate Cordell of Opeeka, a thought leader for human-centered health software solutions, has been asked to speak to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to their Connected Community Health Initiative on how health technology policy could transform community health, individual well-being, and health equity.

The OSTP developed The Community Connected Health Initiative because they “envision a future where health care could be centered in the home or in the community – and [they] I think technology can be a tool to achieve this, if done well in partnership with people and communities. The effort explores and acts on how innovation in science and technology can reduce barriers for all Americans to access quality health care and lead healthier lives by meeting people where they are. are in their communities.

The OSTP seeks information on: Successful models of strengthening community health through digital health technologies in the United States and abroad, barriers to adoption, need for tools and training, ideas for potential government action, and effects on health equity. They selected nine companies from MassChallenge PandemicX cohort, an accelerator run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to showcase their view of issues and policies.

“Opeeka is honored to showcase our vision among the nine most innovative companies at the forefront of the future of healthcare. said Opeeka CEO and co-founder Dr. Kate Cordell.

“As innovators, our companies have already developed technology that will address the challenges highlighted, but we recognize that there needs to be policy to encourage adoption and promote change.” Dr. Cordell continued.

The session was moderated by OSTP Connected Community Health Assistant Director, Jackie Ward. Dr. Kate Cordell highlighted these two areas of focus for policy change:

Encourage collaboration between care teams

Problem. Healthcare has traditionally operated in a discipline-based silo. Patients often accept and regularly sign waivers to allow members of their healthcare team to cooperate in their care. Community health workers are an essential component of an equitable model of care, but they often do not have access to the latest information about a patient in a timely manner.

Policy. Collaboration in care through sustainable mechanisms (other than fax/telephone or patient-to-patient communication) will improve outcomes. The policy should incentivize and compensate social workers working together across disciplines.

Technology. Opeeka has created technology to quickly and easily consolidate relevant and well-organized patient information for multidisciplinary care team collaboration.

Develop a framework to validate decision support models

Problem. Healthcare provider organizations should be equipped with the latest pattern recognition technology without fear of reinforcing biased care decisions. Artificial intelligence (AI) and other predictive decision support models can incorporate biases if not intentionally designed.

Policy. There should be a framework (incorporating measures of fairness, interpretability and traceability) developed against which AI and predictive models are validated so that healthcare organizations can confidently adopt and use the latest technologies that support revolutionary advancements in personalized care.

Technology. Opeeka’s AI models learn from past models of care success, taking into account the entire patient history, culture, context and journey. By focusing on historical patterns of success, Opeeka’s decision support tools reduce biased decisions to improve fairness and provide the closest patients who influenced the model for interpretability and traceability.

About Opeeka

Opeeka’s is a technology company whose products and services enable success-driven care for healthcare, mental health, behavioral health and social services. Opeeka has identified barriers and constraints in practice and forged smart solutions to help bring clients, family and agencies together to achieve positive outcomes more effectively and efficiently. For more information, visit https://www.opeeka.com.

About the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) leads efforts across the federal government to develop and implement sound science and technology policies and budgets, and works with the private and philanthropic sectors, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the research and academic communities, and other nations for this purpose. Learn more about https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp.

Ken Knecht
Opeeka, Inc.
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