Public Health Issues Meet Technology And Innovation

February 21, 2022

Tune in to this Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast with Dr. Charlotte H. Huntley and Harsh Vathsangam to hear some devastating statistics about the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, as well as the six behaviors we need to adopt to prevent it. Harsh explains the cardiac rehabilitation process and how Moving Analytics is changing the game using technology to improve access to cardiac rehabilitation and empower patients to take charge of their own recovery. Listen in, I think you are going to like this one.

Conversation Highlights

  • Dr. Harsh Vathsangam shares his fascinating personal and professional background.
  • How he unexpectedly discovered his passion for public health while doing his Ph.D. in computer science.
  • The link between computer science and epidemiology and the role computer science can play in the public health sector.
  • Dr. Vathsangam’s passion for the prevention and eventual elimination of cardiovascular disease in the US.
  • The six behaviors to adjust to prevent cardiovascular disease: exercise, nutrition, stress and mental well-being, medication adherence, weight management, and smoking cessation.
  • The opportunity for technology to address the issues that prevent said behaviors.
  • The aim of Moving Analytics to serve post-acute care patients in the comfort of their homes.
  • What cardiac rehabilitation is and the alarming lack of access people have to it.
  • The systemic and cultural issues that prevent women from participating in cardiac rehab.
  • The value added by Moving Analytics from a public health perspective.
  • The structure and accessibility of the Moving Analytics program.
  • Why clinician referral is important.  
  • How technology can be used to solve the issue of increased consumer demand.
  • Why training on how to use mobile devices should be provided for populations that don’t yet know how to use them.
  • The potential health benefits for society if content were to be created for specific communities.
  • What Dr. Vathsangam feels needs to improve in Los Angeles, in terms of public health.
  • The role of technology as an aid to the solution to public health issues.
  • How Dr. Vathsangam’s understanding of epidemiology has helped him serve his community.
  • Why the human aspect of care must not be neglected.

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