Diabetes, certain types of cancer, asthma, and tobacco addiction are costly examples of conditions that disproportionately impact underserved communities and communities of color.
However, inventive digital health platforms can break through environmental factors that potentiate these health disparities—and promote health equity and empowerment among diverse populations. Learn how to approach digital health in a way that can improve health outcomes for all patients.
Watch this session to learn:
- Which health disparities are best suited to address through digital solutions
- How to leverage strategies that meet members where they are and lead to increased reach rates
- Ways to use digital solutions that can improve access and better outcomes among members to help close gaps in health equity
Siavash Sarlati, MD
Medical Director, Digital Technologies
As a practicing emergency physician, Siavash Sarlati brings expertise in health disparities and evidence-based medicine to Anthem’s digital health initiatives. Sarlati has spent his first year at Anthem primarily focused on developing and launching the Asthma Digital Study to investigate, in partnership with Apple Inc. and the University of California-Irvine, the impact of a consumer-grade sensor platform on the success of adult asthma self-management. This is a first-of-its-kind digital study sponsored by Anthem to incorporate members from Medicaid cohorts on a national scale. Prior to joining Anthem, Sarlati was a full-time clinician in safety-net settings and studied how tech-enabled solutions can help address psychosocial risk factors of youth violence. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health Program after which he completed residency in New Orleans’ Charity System where he served as chief resident. Sarlati lives in the Bay Area and continues to work with the UCSF, Department of Emergency Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital.
Megan Jacobs, MPH
Managing Director, Product
EX Program by Truth Initiative
Megan Jacobs is responsible for the design, delivery, and evaluation of the EX Program. Most recently, Jacobs led the EX Program team responsible for the first evidence-based text messaging program to help e-cigarette users of all ages quit. She formed her expertise in mHealth interventions and public health campaigns with her work at the University of Michigan Health Service, DC Department of Health, and the National Vaccine Program Office. Her public health work over the past 15 years has applied technology to behavior change ranging from adolescent sexual health to vaccinations. Jacobs received her Master of Public Health from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and is also a graduate of the University of Michigan.