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Achieving eHealth Equity - A report from National Minority Health Month
Posted on 5/2/2013 by Erin Poetter, ONC
Posted on Health IT Buzz blog on April 29, 2013
As part of National Minority Health Month, we're excited to release a brief report summarizing some important conversations that have recently taken place around the issue of eHealth equity.
As background, in February, ONC helped organize a White House Summit on Achieving eHealth Equity in collaboration with the Office of Minority Health, and ZeroDivide-an organization working to use technology to reduce economic and health disparities.
Many of those participants came together again earlier this month for a follow-up conversation via webinar, and pledged to keep their conversations going into the future. A summary of the Achieving eHealth Equity discussions is available online.
Increased Access to Health IT will Benefit Minority Health Outcomes
A new report released by the California Pan Ethnic Health Network at the White House Summit on Achieving eHealth Equity highlights some key benefits of expanded health IT use. For example, data collected through EHRs can help pinpoint health equity issues and give researchers some of the tools they need to find interventions to address those issues.
For patients, particularly those with specific linguistic, cultural, or other needs, use of this data can help ensure they have access to the right resources when using the health care system. In our recent Health Affairs paper, we cite two examples of research that highlight this potential.
Challenges in leveraging Health IT for Improving Minority Health
Ideas for Next Steps to Increase Health IT's Role in Minority Health Outcomes
HHS is committed to the advancement of health equity and eHealth equity.
The Summit represented neither the beginning nor the end of the conversation but rather and opportunity to bring key stakeholders together to share successes, challenges and a passion for working individually and collaboratively to make eHealth equity a reality.
Download the Achieving eHealth Equity summary report and comment below with your thoughts.
We look forward to continuing the conversation on this important topic.
Also, a special thanks to our partners at ZeroDivide, for their excellent facilitation of the meeting, especially:
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