Jan 20, 2022 - Axios Events

Google exec: Tech could become a "vehicle for democratizing" health access

A split screen of an axios reporter and the google health executive.
Google chief health officer Dr. Karen DeSalvo. Photo: Axios screenshot

Digital, tech and analytics should become a "vehicle for democratizing access to health," said Dr. Karen DeSalvo, chief health officer at Google, at an Axios virtual event on Thursday.

Why it matters: Health care had typically moved at a cautious pace when it came to adopting new technology, Axios' Tina Reed writes. However, the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic spurred a digital transformation.

  • More than 60% of doctors said the pandemic forced technology upgrades that normally would have taken years, according to a poll provided exclusively to Axios.
  • DeSalvo expressed that health technology can create a "broader suite of tools" that can provide personalized insights for users, adding that it should not be seen as a competitor or a disrupter.

What they're saying: Tech "is designed to partner with the ecosystem so that we can bring our tools to bear, to make health more of a reality for everyone, to democratize access to health," DeSalvo said.

  • "I think for me personally, it's seeing that digital and tech and analytics become a vehicle for democratizing access to health for everybody around the world."
  • "I would see us as being that quiet but strong and trusted partner for everybody who's on the front lines doing that work," she continued.

Watch the full event here.

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