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Re: Health care accessibility


From: Ryan E. Benson
Date: May 25, 2018 6:20AM

Do you mean stuff at the doctor offices, equipment used in a lab setting,
or something else? I work in the IT side of public health. We strive to
make our stuff accessible. In the lab setting, while I am no expert, when
we ask to make stuff accessible to device manufacturers, they politely tell
us they're sticking their head in the sand. The problem is, that one
company is often the only company that makes that product. Data
Visualizations are a big thing these days. Up until a few years ago, health
care professionals were content on using behemoth products like SAS and
SPSS to crunch numbers, and spit out an answer with a chart. Now those same
people, and new ones, want the same details yesterday, without having to
know how to crunch those numbers. There are a handful of products that are
making progress, but the lately the answer is. yep use our cloud to get
accessible output, because we aren't working on the desktop version really.
When the data has PII, we can't just upload it to a public cloud.


Ryan E. Benson

On Thu, May 24, 2018 at 10:13 PM, Emily Ogle via WebAIM-Forum <
<EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Hello all,
> It seems accessibility has a healthy presence and visibility in Education.
> We have conferences about making education in general more accessible. We
> have collaboration groups on how to make online courses accessible.
> It seems health care isn't there yet. Is it just my impression? There are
> plenty of health care-related conferences, but they don't center around
> accessibility. At least not that I can tell.
> Are there people on this mailing list tasked with making health IT
> accessible? Is there potential here to collaborate and get health care to
> the level education is? If I'm under the wrong impression re: health and
> accessibility, please—let me know where to turn to. In the meantime, I'd
> like to discuss some of the challenges around making health IT accessible.
> Emily
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