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Health IT and Disparities

HITECH Report: Understanding the Impact of Health IT in Underserved Communities and Those With Health Disparities [PDF - 993 KB]

This report contributes to the understanding of how providers in medically underserved communities and communities with disparities can effectively implement health IT. After an initial overview of underserved communities as well as key functionalities of health IT, the report examines the potential impact of health IT in communities with health disparities, as well as how health IT is being used to reduce and better manage chronic disease in these communities. The report also presents in-depth information about policies and programs used to increase adoption of health IT in communities with disparities, including strategies that underlie the programs and efforts to address barriers to health IT implementation.

Case Studies exploring innovative applications of health IT to address the needs of underserved

This collection of case studies highlight how communities and providers use health IT to address the needs of populations experiencing disparities in access, quality of care, and health outcomes. Each case study discusses the type of intervention used and the providers and populations involved, providing detail on stakeholders' experience adopting and using various health IT solutions to improve health care delivery and outcomes for vulnerable groups.

Briefing Paper on Health IT and Disparities – 2010 [PDF - 954 KB]*

*This briefing paper summarizes existing knowledge in this area, focusing on the nature of health disparities, potential impact of health IT, current uses of health IT in communities with disparities and the underserved, as well as challenges among providers serving populations experiencing disparities.