EPPIC, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford Center for Digital Health, and Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences Present:

“Can Technology Really Change the Arc of Global Health”

Will advances in technology enhance global access to quality healthcare, or is their potential overhyped and overstated? Join us for this provocative, Intelligence-Squared-style debate featuring technology and global health leaders.

In this Intelligence Squared-style provocative debate, technology and global health leaders will take opposing views on whether advances in technology will indeed enhance access to quality healthcare for all or is it just an overhyped tool.

Access to quality healthcare has taken a divergent path globally. While innovations in health technologies have substantially reduced infectious disease burden in higher income countries, for much of lower (and some middle) income countries these innovations remain inaccessible. In recent years, the underserved parts of the world have seen a rapid increase of chronic disease burden to compound the challenge. The health inequities are not limited to the lower income countries. In fact, even in this country, there are significant disparities in health outcomes amongst various segments of the population.

There is a new-found excitement and optimism amongst healthcare innovators working on incorporating advances in digital health technologies (such as artificial intelligence and robotics), however. The promise of these new digital health innovations is that they will even the healthcare access field and positively impact population health in the U.S. and globally. Early results show evidence of such a promise. Yet, there are concerns. Algorithms being developed for assisting doctors with clinical decision are based on current datasets that may have biases. Moreover, optimal use of advanced technology requires a certain level of capacity in the healthcare system that may be lacking in most underserved communities.

In this debate, the technology and global health leaders will frame their argument for and against the proposition that technology is an unmitigated enabler of global health equity. The audience will vote on their position on the issue before the debate begins and after the debate in concluded. The side that has changed most minds will “win”. The main objective of this debate is to dive deeper in to the promise of and challenges with technology in global health. Please stay tuned for profiles of the speakers who will participate in this debate.