248522 Health IT and Health Disparities, A Congressionally Mandated Study

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 10:30 AM

Adil Moiduddin, MPA , Health, NORC, Bethesda, MD
The HITECH Act of 2009 mandated an “Assessment of Impact of HIT on Communities with Health Disparities and Uninsured, Underinsured, and Medically Underserved Areas.” The legislation asks HHS to “assess and publish the impact of health information technology in communities with health disparities and in areas with a high proportion of individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved individuals (including urban and rural areas) and identify practices to increase the adoption of such technology by health care providers in such communities, and the use of health information technology to reduce and better manage chronic diseases.” As part of this study, we will present findings from nine case studies of communities using patient health records, electronic health records, text messaging applications or other tools to address differences in access and quality of care for vulnerable populations. Case studies will involve discussions with dozens of patients, providers and public health stakeholders and will produce findings that help health care providers, public health departments and federal Agencies design and implement interventions to improve quality of care and access in communities that experience disparities. We will identify emerging and best practices for interventions that reduce disparities in the management of chronic illness, provision of preventive services, access to primary care and health status indicators. Findings will reflect the experience to date of communities where federally qualified health centers, rural hospitals and other providers of care to special populations have made significant strides in leveraging health IT to improve access and quality of care.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify opportunities for health IT to address the needs of populations that experience disparities in health care access, quality of care and outcomes. Demonstrate the role that consumer electronics can play in encouraging better health among minority and underserved populations. Describe emerging factors related to the success of health IT projects that target improved health and health care in communities that experience disparities.

Keywords: Health Information, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conduct research on the safety net and health IT.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.