Addressing barriers to care
In order to tackle health inequities among sleep and respiratory patients we need to look at areas outside of healthcare, including education and the promotion of health literacy. In some cases, for example, health technologies may not be available to everyone or adaptive enough to different people’s needs. Digital solutions need to be designed with the patients in mind, which means understanding local settings, culture, behaviors and expectations of different people towards health and technology. By acknowledging and addressing potential obstacles to connected care, clinicians would be better able to track patients and help them stay compliant with their treatment. Addressing these issues has the potential to not only lead to better outcomes but may in the end lower the total cost of care by enabling early intervention.