SAN FRANCISCO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – MiSalud addresses health inequalities within the Hispanic community through the launch of its digital health platform in Spanish, now available on the Google Play Store. Almost 40% of California is Hispanic and the pandemic has highlighted the health disparities this group faces; Hispanics were three times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and more than twice as likely to die from the virus as other Americans. The MiSalud mobile app is designed to directly address these disparities by providing improved access – not only to medical care, but to culturally appropriate care in the patient’s native language. MiSalud wants to improve health outcomes in this community by giving Latinos on-demand access to Spanish-speaking doctors and health coaches for free until the end of the year, from the convenience of their mobile device.
With 13% of the American population speak spanish at home, but less than 6% Of Spanish speaking doctors, the Hispanic community continues to face significant barriers in healthcare, with major barriers in the forms of language, culture and access. COVID-19 may have highlighted these disparities, but the problems are far from new.
“Easy access to a digital health platform in Spanish is a game-changer for the Hispanic community. My parents were migrant farm workers when I was young. We only saw the doctor once a year when we were back in Mexico, ”says Bismarck Lepe, co-founder and president of MiSalud. “Hispanics are already more predisposed to many health problems such as cancer and heart disease, and with COVID-19, Hispanics have seen a three-year decline in life expectancy, the largest of all American ethnic groups. MiSalud can reverse the scenario by putting preventative care at your fingertips, improving the lives of Hispanics. ”
MiSalud’s digital health solution puts Spanish-speaking healthcare in the hands of California’s growing Hispanic community, which typically only sees a doctor for urgent or urgent health needs. With a culturally authentic approach to health and wellness, MiSalud is equipped to address both preventative health concerns and immediate health concerns. MiSalud can help patients prevent and manage conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, which are among the main causes of death for the Hispanic community. Patients can start a consultation in the MiSalud mobile app and be immediately connected to a Spanish speaking doctor or health coach via chat, audio or video call, from the security, privacy and convenience of their mobile device. By creating ongoing relationships of trust, MiSalud helps Hispanics become more involved in their health, which is the first step in eliminating health disparities in the United States.
“I have confidence in telehealth solutions bringing health care equity to the Hispanic American community, with MiSalud leading the way in the community. The MiSalud team has been very inclusive of both Spanish speaking patients and platform physicians, involving us every step of the way to ensure a culturally authentic experience. by nosotros, por nosotros [for us, by us]Says Kimberly Fernández, MD, who is a MiSalud physician.
The MiSalud app is available now in the Google Play Store, with Spanish-speaking doctors and health coaches available in California, Monday through Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT, with extended hours of service in subsequent months.
Download the app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.ionic.misalud