To better understand health disparities among underserved communities, biomedical engineer Ritika Chaturvedi, PhD, has led the creation of American Life in Realtime, a first-of-its kind comprehensive digital health dataset representative of all demographic populations in the United States.

“Leaving out large portions of the population in these studies inevitably leads to disparities, because different populations exhibit different behaviors and experience different social determinants of health,” said Chaturvedi, a research scientist at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. “By gathering this information, we hope to create precision public health interventions that meet individual needs, rather than relying on our current one-size-fits-all approach.”

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