How technology is improving health information access for the deaf community

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

In 2008, Dr. Michael McKee led a study to improve education about cardiovascular disease in the Deaf community. The study soon found various gaps in the knowledge of the Deaf Community. These gaps included lack of stroke awareness to confusion about medications. However, the internet has vastly improved the knowledge and education of Deaf Individuals about the health system, and vice versa. One example is researchers at the University of Michigan working on a music video to help teach Deaf individuals about stroke symptoms. Video calls via smartphones also greatly improve communication. Gary Kaufman, medical director of Sinai Chicago’s Deaf Health, is making it his mission to educate the Deaf Community about heart disease.

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