Healthcare, Poverty, and Technology: Connecting the Dots

Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry

Bradley Merrill Thompson, Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, authored an article in Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry, titled “Healthcare, Poverty, and Technology: Connecting the Dots.”

Following is an excerpt:

There is an opportunity here to improve access to healthcare for the poor using technology. With that in mind, Aventor’s mission is to help social entrepreneurs trying to bring these important technologies to market by helping them cope with the legal, regulatory, and policy obstacles that lie in their way. Mobile health and telemedicine have great potential, but that potential also makes them disruptive to the current healthcare system. That disruption brings many social entrepreneurs squarely up against the enormous body of regulation that characterizes American healthcare. Our goal is to help them help the poor. And in particular, we propose to do that by helping them navigate healthcare regulation using the pro bono services of legal, regulatory, reimbursement, and policy professionals.

If you'd like to get involved, Aventor is currently recruiting:

  • Social entrepreneurs trying to bring connected health to the impoverished.
  • Legal, policy, and regulatory experts with experience in connected health.
  • Clinicians, business people, and poverty health experts who might be willing to serve on the selection committee.