Health Information Technology
- Obesity treatment is less successful for socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, particularly when delivered in primary care. Digital health strategies can extend the reach of clinical obesity treatments to care settings serving patients at highest risk.
- Several years ago, a colleague offered a prescient reminder about the socioeconomically disadvantaged: “They're not hard to reach, they're hard for us to reach.” Hard indeed, and the consequences of our constrained ability to reach these populations are growing increasingly dire. Today, those who lack a high school diploma have life expectancies similar to those of the average American in the 1950s and 1960s.1 Even more shocking, these socioeconomic gaps in longevity do not appear to be closing.