HHS seeks input on using technology for chronic disease management

Nov. 18, 2020

In an effort to improve access to emerging technologies and healthcare services, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) issued a request for information (RFI) to identify technologies that can be used in the home for chronic disease management, particularly in underserved areas, according to a press release.

The technologies could include artificial intelligence, biosensors, apps, or remote monitoring.

“The COVID-19 pandemic’s further exacerbation of inequities in healthcare delivery introduces the opportunity to identify and develop new technological approaches to chronic disease management. Such advances have potential to improve health outcomes in the aging population, particularly for those in underserved areas (e.g., low income, Medicaid-eligible, rural, etc.) by empowering patients and facilitating integrated healthcare delivery,” HHS said.

The RFI also seeks comments on barriers and opportunities for technology-driven solutions, key indicators and data sources of technology-driven chronic disease management, health promotion activities using technology-driven solutions, and public-private partnerships.

Public comments are due by December 22, 2020.

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