Using Health IT To Improve Disparities
A recent blog post by two Morehouse School of Medicine faculty members underscores the importance of using health IT to improve health disparities: http://bit.ly/1m9DDGe. The authors encourage the use of EHR technology in underserved communities and point out the lower rate of adoption of the technology by providers who serve these populations.
Minority patients are also less likely to use patient portals which can improve their health outcomes, according to FierceHealthIT, and supported by a Kaiser Permanente study: http://bit.ly/1mVVbFa.
The Health and Human Services Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines ways to improve access to care by adoption of electronic systems for patients and providers: http://1.usa.gov/1mVVEqV