Health Informatics and Intersectionality: Public Policy

Influencing Public Policy: Building commitment toward advancing health equity by supporting healthy behaviors and care delivery that promotes equitable access to care.

As we aim to integrate health equity into care delivery models, what is the trajectory in creating public health policy? What do we need to do to ensure public policy has a place in the implementation of new technologies? How do we balance the needs of regulators, payors, and patients? Regulators play an important role in this conversation as they attempt to address reading and digital literacy gaps. Public policy is also a directive regarding budgets and resources. Payors, in many ways, drive the priorities because of how they reimburse providers. Patients want a choice regarding technology and data use, sometimes putting them at odds with regulators and payors. Public and private partnerships can be innovative and provide solutions to these concerns.

During this session, participants will:

· Understand how social factors (race, gender, ethnicities, etc.) frame policies to achieve health equity.

· Discover policies that shape standardization, interoperability, and data use.

· Analyze how organizations can advocate for downstream interventions such as technology, implementation, budget, and community engagement.