Private-sector innovations in digital health are critical to delivering high-quality health care. However, many promising health information technology (HIT) solutions are not adopted and used by Medicaid patients and other vulnerable populations or implemented in the care settings where a high proportion of these patients receive care. Without action this “digital divide” will only widen.

Stark disparities in health care access were revealed anew during the Covid-19 pandemic. These issues are essential to address given the disproportionate burden of illness faced by patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and the gaps in digital strategies to provide them with better prevention and treatment.

One solution is academic-industry partnerships. As researchers, we bring deep experience implementing and evaluating technology in underresourced health care settings. Private-sector companies excel at building,…

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