Access to Care

Current use of technology for health management

Health care providers are increasingly using digital technologies to engage patients. While increased patient engagement has been shown to make treatment more efficient and effective, patients who may have limited health literacy, time resources, and competing priorities have not been able to reap the benefits of these health care technologies. In particular, the digitization and quantification of health care has left behind low-income women, first-time pregnant women, and mothers of young children.

In order to assess the needs of these communities, the Wallace Center is studying the adoption and use digital health tools to identify key perceived psychological motivators of technology use. Our initial research found that low-income women, first-time pregnancy women, and mothers were more likely to use web searches to seek health information than use digital health-management tools. Our digital story, published in partnership with Public Health Institute, has an in-depth look at our findings.