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How AI is Democratizing Access to Enhanced Healthcare in the Pacific

One of the most valuable benefits of advanced technology is the potential to decrease disparities in healthcare. Researchers at the AI Precision Health Institute at the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center are using advanced technologies to extend the reach of care outside of hospitals to communities in Micronesia. Since 2003, the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center and the University of Guam have worked in partnership to explore the reasons for significant cancer health disparities among Pacific Islanders in Hawaiʻi, Guam, and on neighboring Pacific Islands. This is the only NCI program that addresses cancer health disparities and their impact on underserved and socio-economically disadvantaged populations in the Pacific. The partnership addresses health disparities through research, training, and community outreach.

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