Digital Health Equity: Bridging the Divide

The DEI Shift

In this episode, The DEI Shift talks with Dr. Jorge A. Rodriguez, a hospitalist and health technology expert and equity researcher, about digital health equity and how to bridge the digital divide.

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The DEI Shift

The DEI Shift's mission is to create a podcast series on diversity, equity, and inclusion (D.E.I.) in medicine that sparks discussion and provides practice-changing data and stories for a physician, student, allied health professional, and health care leader audience. Listeners will be able to gain useful information to improve their practices and environments, to gain empathy, cultural competency, and humility, and to learn more about emerging D.E.I. concepts. The DEI Shift will discuss issues related to gender, race, sexuality, religion, ability, socioeconomics, and so much more.

[0:00] Intro

[1:40] A Step in Their Shoes Segment

  • Dr. Jorge Rodriguez discusses the influences of having a large family and being an immigrant to the United States on his career path

[3:33] Defining Telehealth

[5:19] Expansion of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • The use of remote patient monitoring and virtual consults to minimize exposure to healthcare workers

[11:19] Digital Divide

  • Dr. Rodriguez assesses the gap between those who can utilize digital health tools
  • The degree of engagement can affect the accessibility to care
  • The existing disparities are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic

[14:53] Role models to address telehealth inequities

  • Dr. Rodriguez discusses new tools (digital health navigator, provision of devices) and local programs that target these disparities
  • Utilizing a screening and referral process to ensure patients have the necessary resources
  • Targeting both larger changes to the healthcare system and individualized patient needs

[22:12] Addressing social determinants of health

[23:30] Policy Changes to drive telehealth equity

[29:18] Individual changes to a practice to promote digital health equity

[31:48] Telehealth equity to reach Health Equity

[32:27] Outro

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Guest: Dr. Jorge Rodriguez

Co-hosts/Producers: Dr. Tiffany Leung, Dr. Sarah Takimoto

Executive Producer: Dr. Tammy Lin 

Co-Executive Producers: Dr. Pooja Jaeel, Dr. Tiffany Leung

Senior Producers: Dr. Maggie Kozman, Dr. DJ Gaines

Editor/Assistant Producer: Joanna Jain

Production Assistants: Clara Baek, Nilgoun Farhadi

Website/Art Design: Ann Truong

Music: Chris Dingman

Disclaimer: The DEI Shift podcast and its guests provide general information and entertainment, but not medical advice. Before making any changes to your medical treatment or execution of your treatment plan, please consult with your doctor or personal medical team. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by The DEI Shift. The views expressed by guests are their own, and their appearance on the podcast does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by The DEI Shift team are those of each individual, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The DEI Shift team and its guests, employers, sponsors, or organizations we are affiliated with.

Season 3 of The DEI Shift podcast is proudly sponsored by the American College of Physicians Southern California Region III Chapter

The DEI Shift theme music is by Chris Dingman. Learn more at

Contact us:, @thedeishift, 






Clara Baek – Podcast Staff

Nilgoun Farhadi – Podcast Staff

Dirk (DJ) Gaines, MD, ACP Member – Podcast Staff

Joanna Jain  – Podcast Staff

Tiffany Leung, MD, MPH, FACP – Moderator

Independent Contractor: PlushCare, Inc.

Jorge Rodriguez, MD, ACP Member – Speaker

Sarah Takimoto, MD, ACP Member - Moderator


Pooja Jaeel, MD, ACP Member

Maggie Kozman, MD, ACP Member

Relevant financial relationships appear in italics below each individual’s name. All financial relationships have been mitigated. All others have nothing to disclose or no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Release Date:June 29, 2021

Expiration Date: June 29, 2024

CME Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Physicians and the DEI Shift.  The American College of Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates each enduring material (podcast) for 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Points

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.5 medical knowledge MOC Point in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.  Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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After listening to the podcast, complete a brief multiple-choice question quiz.  To claim CME credit and MOC points you must achieve a minimum passing score of 66%.  You may take the quiz multiple times to achieve a passing score.