Increasing health literacy with AI drives better health outcomes and lower costs

Challenges in improving the health of people and delivering affordable healthcare

While 53% of American adults were found to have Intermediate health literacy, 36% were found to have Basic to Below Basic health literacy.

Breaking down the concept of “Health Literacy”

  1. “To obtain basic health information” requires that the right health information is easily and readily accessible by the patient. Somewhat challenging given that there is a breadth of health information readily available online, and patient care education from the hospital can sometimes come in an analog format, making it hard for the patient to easily access the right health information.
  2. “To process basic health information” requires that the right health information be accessible through an easily communicative channel. This is more challenging given that health information is often described using complex and jargony words, and at times, not in the native tongue of the patient.
  3. “To understand basic health information” requires that the right health information be made applicable to the patient’s unique circumstances. If the patient identifies and relates to health information that is applicable to their lifestyle, then they can start to build a knowledge base and a longer-term understanding. This can be very challenging given that the first two steps above (Obtaining and Processing) must be completed successfully, then the patient must proactively translate what they’ve obtained and processed into knowledge that is applicable to their own circumstances.

Improving health literacy through personalized, adaptive learning

  1. A personalized learning platform can serve the right health information to any given patient, with confidence that the information is up-to-date, relevant, and accessible wherever the patient is.
  2. A personalized learning platform can help present the right health information in a format and language that is easily understood.
  3. A personalized learning platform can adapt content to address patients’ specific knowledge gaps, and over time enable the patient to build a robust understanding of how to live a healthier life.

Using a personalized learning platform like Sana enables knowledge mastery and reinforcement of topics using spaced repetition.

Delivering value by improving knowledge to reduce costs

Personalized learning platforms can reduce the time for patients to acquire mastery of health information topics by 50% while ensuring knowledge is retained by up to 3x longer than traditional learning methods.

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