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Medtronic Mobile Lab Trucks Expand Access to Healthcare Tech

The fleet just doubled to reach more clinicians with healthcare technology education

Is it a semi-truck, a moving billboard, or a classroom on wheels? The Medtronic Mobile Lab trucks are all three, and one or more may be coming to a city near you.

The trucks are built to simulate an operating room — and we just doubled our fleet to reach more clinicians with healthcare technology education.

With the expansion of Mobile Labs’ fleet from three to six trucks, we will go from training 2,000 healthcare providers (HCPs) a year on how to use our technologies to more than 5,000 in 38 states across the United States.

Medtronic LABS' Road to Reimagining Global Healthcare

From grassroots effort to over 40,000 lives improved – and growing

It all started with a question, posed by former Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak. What if we could address the health issues of people in underserved communities around the world?

The idea for Medtronic LABS was born.

Today, LABS is an independent Medtronic-funded nonprofit organization that accelerates healthcare access for underserved communities around the world through technology.

But back in 2012, when Ishrak first posed his pivotal question, no one could have predicted what LABS would become.

The Rise ― and Demand — of Telehealth Equity

Digital health solutions, including remote patient monitoring and telemedicine, help expand healthcare access

In early 2020, the world started to come to terms with a growing pandemic. Its impact on the health ecosystem was staggering.

An issue that arose was the dependence on the brick-and-mortar model of the healthcare system, which had not widely used technology solutions for virtual care delivery.

Podcast: Building a Scalable, Sustainable and Impactful Way to Bring Equity to Healthcare

A podcast with Karen Shehade and Dr. John de Csepel of the Medtronic Health Equity Advisory Committee
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This episode of MedtronicTalks explores the company’s efforts to flag the multiple sources of healthcare inequity wrought by racial, geographic or economic differences in the U.S. Among the topics discussed, Karen Shehade of Medtronic Americas Region Medical Affairs organization explains how Medtronic leadership is seeking a sustainable and scalable way to make a difference in how people receive correct care more easily. Dr. John de Csepel, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs, Americas Region, discusses possible solutions.

Tech Unlocks Global Access to Healthcare

Why women hold the key

Jane Muthoni has lived with type 1 diabetes since she was 6 years old, but she didn’t know how to manage it until her second pregnancy. It’s one reason she made it her life’s work to educate others living with the disease.

As the Patient Engagement Lead for Medtronic LABSi in Kenya, she runs support groups in rural communities. She also trains a critical group of people — community health workers (CHWs), nearly all of whom are women.

Medtronic LABS and Partners Expand Healthcare Access in Kenya

Partnership aims to reduce barriers to care for hypertension and diabetes patients

Dorcas Mwende Mulei was at the height of her career working as a businesswoman in Kenya’s rural Makueni County when complications from diabetes confined the 46-year-old to her home.

Medtronic to Provide Underserved Communities With Artificial Intelligence (AI)-assisted Colonoscopy Technology Through Health Equity Assistance Program for Colon Cancer Screening

Amazon Web Services will support the effort to provide Medtronic GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy modules to facilities that primarily serve communities with low screening rates or where access to this technology is not currently available

A global leader in healthcare technology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) today announced they are working to provide colorectal cancer screening technologies in low income and underserved communities across the United States through the Medtronic Health Equity Assistance Program for colon cancer screening, with support from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Healing Connections: One Woman's Campaign for Equitable Healthcare Access

A personal health crisis — and the search for a culturally competent provider — spurred Kimberly Wilson to launch a platform to help others.

In 2017, Kimberly Wilson spent six months in and out of a New York City hospital with debilitating pain from uterine fibroids. During that time, she met with four different providers (all White men), whose recommendations were either taking Advil or having a hysterectomy. As her frustration, and pain, increased, she became adamant about finding a doctor who understood what she was experiencing. 

“Once I found a Black woman provider, the experience was a complete 180,” said Wilson.

Medtronic LABS Reimagines Community Healthcare Through Collaborations

From Kenya to New Jersey, when it comes to healthcare, local is global

Mary has long struggled with high blood pressure, but the 52-year-old has found support since Medtronic LABS began programming in her community in Kenya.

An independent non-profit organization funded by Medtronic, Medtronic LABS is dedicated to creating technology-powered healthcare solutions to accelerate patient access for disadvantaged communities around the world.

Engineering Impact: Global Healthcare Access

Excerpts from the 2021 Medtronic Integrated Performance Report

We are committed to improving access to vital treatments that deliver better clinical, economic, and societal outcomes. By expanding our range of products and services, as well as access to them, we maintain and enhance our financial, intellectual, and social capital.

As we engineer extraordinary medical discoveries, we also develop new ways to expand their reach. These innovations transform standards of quality care, drive economic value, and dismantle structural and social barriers to health equity.

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