We are the first health equity incubation partner dedicated to adapting health technology for Medicaid and other vulnerable populations.

In 2020, we saw $14.1 billion dollars invested in digital health. However, we have not seen a meaningful, sustained reduction in healthcare expenditures or improvement of health outcomes. This is because the same diverse patient populations that are disproportionately burdened by disease are the most likely to face barriers in health technology use.

Among American adults >65 years, 35-40% do not own a smartphone or have home broadband access. Similarly, low-income individuals also face barriers to device and internet access, despite high interest in using technology to manage their health. We must design digital health tools with and for diverse, low-income populations and older adults to begin improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs

At UCSF S.O.L.V.E. Health Tech, we want digital health products to work for everyone. It is our mission to bridge public health expertise with companies developing health technology to create and adapt products that truly reach diverse populations. We do this by partnering directly with digital health companies, patients, communities, and health systems to bring equity to every phase of the technology development process.

S.O.L.V.E. Health Tech is embedded within UCSF, but our solutions are far-reaching. We are dedicated to helping industry partners improve their health technology so that it empowers the people and health systems who need it most. We have investigated usability challenges of mobile health applications to facilitate development and adaptation of apps for diverse patientsassessed readiness and willingness to use patient portals in a safety-net care setting, and partnered with companies like Omada Health to translate their products to underserved populations. You can read more about how we work here.

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