Jetsons Health Care: Broadening the Reach of Sustainable Health

By Danika Tynes.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Telehealth is widely recognized as a viable approach to reduce health disparities that are brought about by lack of access to healthcare. The challenges to widespread buy-in to Telehealth as a global option are rooted in the absence of detailed, practical research in this arena. The purpose of this paper is to establish the capacity for technology to aid in improving healthcare outcomes and to further explore in what contexts Telehealth is the most effective to provide a greater return on investment from a sustainable healthcare perspective. A mixed method approach is used. Data analysis using the United Nations in Millenium Development Goals database sought to determine whether access to technology has an impact on healthcare outcomes. Results of the robust model indicate that access to technology, development assistance, and healthcare expenditures per capita account for over 60% of the variation in child mortality in developing countries. Having established that increased access to technology can impact health outcomes, case studies are then reviewed for the most appropriate application of Telehealth as a technological advance for access to care. Analysis reveals that Telehealth can be a viable option as an adjunct to existing healthcare systems infrastructure, not in place of it.

Keywords: Telehealth, Sustainable Healthcare, Healthcare Information Technology, Reducting Child Mortality, Innovation Global Health

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context, Volume 9, Issue 4, December 2014, pp.11-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 31, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 613.749KB)).

Danika Tynes

PhD Student and Health Care IT Consultant, International Development, University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach, CA, USA

Mrs. Tynes has worked in health care and public health information technology for the past 13 years for large impact-oriented organizations that include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kaiser Permanente, and Molina Healthcare, and has also collaborated with IBM, SAIC, Northrop Grumman, and other large health IT infrastructure firms toward the aim of supporting the U.S. national public health and health care agenda. She holds a Bachelor degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts, a Master of Science degree from San Diego State University in California, and is pursuing her doctorate in International Development with the University of Southern Mississippi. Her research focuses on global best practices for proactive, sustainable, low cost, and accountable public health policies and interventions through leveraging information technology.