Abbott on Bridging the Access Gap for Health Tech

Originally published at Abbott ranked No. 3 on The Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022.


From telehealth visits to in-home COVID tests, health technology became a crucial part of how people accessed care during the pandemic. For many, it defined a new possibility for on-demand, convenient care at a time when health-tech innovation accelerated, and consumers sought health information in a new way. But at the same time, the promise of health tech did not — and still does not — reach many of the people who need it most.

The evolving healthcare landscape and increased opportunity for digital health solutions were key topics of discussion at the recent Aspen Ideas: Health conference, held June 22-25. During a panel presented by Abbott, Health Tech for the Many, Not the Few, Abbott’s Executive Vice President of Medical Devices Lisa Earnhardt joined Charles “Chuck” Henderson, CEO of the American Diabetes Association (ADA); Dr. Sonak Pastakia, Professor of the Center for Health Equity and Innovation at Purdue University; and moderator Vivian Schiller, Executive Director of Aspen Digital to discuss opportunities to make health-tech innovation more widely accessible, especially among under-resourced communities.

During the session, the panel highlighted longstanding systemic challenges in delivering care to all those who need it and discussed the role each had in broadening access to health technology moving forward. Click here to watch the full discussion: