111 - Welcome - Molly Follette Story

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Category: General Session

People with disabilities in the US face multiple obstacles to receiving equitable healthcare due to many factors; one of the most significant barriers is the design of the medical equipment itself.

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require that healthcare providers ensure full and equal access to their health care services and facilities. Yet because much of the needed accessible medical equipment is not purchased, or is not even available for purchase, healthcare providers are limited in the level of accessibility they can provide.

In her talk, Dr. Story will share her experiences conducting research on the inaccessibility of medical equipment as Co-PI of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Medical Instrumentation and later representing the US Food and Drug Administration on the advisory committee that developed the US Access Board’s Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment (MDE) Standards. She will then describe the efforts that have been undertaken by others in the years since to encourage federal enforcing agencies to adopt the MDE Standards so that healthcare facilities and equipment manufacturers will use the standards to address the health disparities experienced by people with disabilities.

MOLLY FOLLETTE STORY, PhD is a Senior Advisor in Sanofi’s Medical Device Development Unit. She was formerly Senior Director of Sanofi’s Global Usability Engineering and Risk Management group. Before joining Sanofi, Dr. Story was Human Factors and Accessible Medical Technology Specialist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Device Evaluation, where she had an appointment to the Senior Biomedical Research Service. Dr. Story is an expert in human factors engineering of medical devices, with particular expertise in universal design of products and in the accessibility and usability of medical devices. She is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and Co-chair of its Human Factors Engineering Committee.

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