Dr Sumera Shahaney explains how a rise in use of data and analytics is helping to understand and improve healthcare for women.
Like countless other industries, healthcare has historically been led and run by men. As a result, there has been, and still is, a damaging level of female under-representation in both scientific studies and health datasets. This has led to poorer outcomes for women and low awareness and support of female-specific health issues across the board.
A study from the BMA showed that women spend less of their lives in good health (free from long-term illness or disability) compared to men, even though they have a higher life expectancy.
This gender inequality leads to great risks, as we generalise symptoms according to data which was not designed to highlight differences in presentation – for example in heart attacks, where female symptoms vary from those displayed by men – something…