As a health studies student, the Global Health Innovation Conference really integrated what I have been learning these past few years in my courses, but in doing so I was given an opportunity to see how to put everything I learned into practice. What really impressed me were the many innovations that professionals came up with in order to surpass the social determinants of health, and allow greater access to health and better quality of services for people who would otherwise not get the medical attention they need.
For example, I attended a lecture on a company known as DigiSight Tech, which made an app and small lenses to convert an iPhone camera to an ophthalmologist lens. This allows doctors to go to remote areas where it would be extremely hard to bring all the usual diagnostic techs used by ophthalmologists. This is very important and can make a huge difference in global health, as blindness is a huge medical problem, and leads to many significant co-morbidities.
This is just one of many lectures I attended on innovation in health, but I can say that I was very happy to see technology advancements and funding go towards health care and for supporting a movement to make health care a human right for all. Health care as a human right was a common theme in all of the presentations, which is quite significant since it shows that this “ideal” has reached many corners of the world and is supported by many influential health care professionals.
The experience of attending the GHIC conference greatly enhanced my student experience as a health studies student in that I was able to see how many great things are being achieved all around the world in health and how what we learn is put in practice to make a difference in people’s lives all around the world.