MADISON, WI. — A LatinX tech entrepreneur from Madison, Wis., made available today a
free tool that he hopes will increase COVID-19 vaccinations for people of color.
Daniel Guerra, Jr., CEO of SDM Analytics, a health technology firm, built a decision-making tool—a device used in some health clinics— with the sponsorship of the prestigious Allergy & Asthma Network (AAN), a national patient education, research and advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C.
“African Americans, Latinos and Native American are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 with higher rates of infection, hospitalization and deaths,” Guerra said. “It’s time we create decision-making tools that build trust with diverse communities and respect patients of color with the ability to own their decisions.”
Shared Decision-Making (SDM) tools are often step-by-step guides on paper completed in a clinic. The tools’ questions encourage people to take a more active role in their health care by working with their doctor to choose treatments.
Called Aids by health professionals, these tools help patients balance the risks with the benefits of getting treatment. Research shows that the process gives patients more certainty and less anxiety about treatments, increases adherence, cuts costs, and improves health outcomes.
Guerra’s technology team created its tool in a digital format, suitable for a tablet or PC desktop that can be used in a health care office, at a patient’s home, or in another more culturally amenable setting, such as a gym or community center.
SDM Analytics named the tool Owning Your Decision as a signal to people of color that only they control the vaccination decision.
The tool features video explainers, photos of people of color, and information from Black
physicians and nurses. SDM Analytics validated the tool by using crowdsourcing with diverse doctors and patients.
“The AAN sponsorship of the SDM Analytics tool is one of the most exciting efforts I’ve seen in my 40 years in my practice,” said Dr. Don Bukstein, a national expert in SDM and advisor to SDM Analytics.
SDM Analytics will work on several more SDM tools in the next year.
About SDM Analytics
SDM Analytics, founded by a Madison, Wis. LatinX entrepreneur, creates Shared-Decision
Making Aids for health care professionals and patients who want to be better partners in
decisions about treatment plans for chronic disease. Learn more about the new tools at
About Allergy & Asthma Network
Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading nonprofit patient outreach, education, advocacy, and research organization for people with asthma, allergies, and related conditions. Our patient-centered network unites individuals, families, health care professionals, industry, and government decision makers to improve health and quality of life for Americans with asthma and allergies. We specialize in making accurate medical information understandable and available to all while promoting evidence-based standards of care.
Learn more at AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org