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Why Digital Health

  • Under-resourced Communities: Hunter is strategically placed to be a leader in health-tech due to its service-oriented lens and focus on under-resourced communities, often ignored by private institutions. Furthermore, it could provide treatment on a much wider scale to low-income communities who are unable to afford or have access to traditional health care services.
  • Fixing Health with Technology: With disparities in health across communities so prevalent in our nation, it is fortuitous that these devices are also very prevalent among low-income and minority groups who are at greatest risk for chronic health challenges. Why not use our society’s fixation on smartphone and computer screens to get us better value for our health care dollars and provide better health options across all strata of society?
  • Bridging Health Inequities: Digital health technology has the potential to bridge the gap between need and access by providing instant access to high quality treatment that is affordable, private, and cost effective. It has the ability to transform healthcare delivery, as well as translate primary research into testable treatment options.
  • Interdisciplinary Priority: Mental Health, Social work, Psychology, Nursing, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Audiology, and Biology.
  • New York City Health-Tech Central: is home to a bustling healthcare ecosystem of major public and private hospitals, academic medical centers, payors, and pharma companies.
  • NYC public institution: NYC is health-tech hubs of the U.S. where there is an emerging interest and investment in health technology. Hunter is one of the oldest public colleges in the country and one of the largest colleges within the City University of New York. Unbiased and independent, Hunter can provide added value through extensive consultation to healthcare technology companies in need of research expertise to develop products and services that are evidence-based and independently-evaluated. Given Hunter’s diverse faculty and their work on addressing health disparities and improving health outcomes, Hunter could contribute in unique ways and strength to the research infrastructure.