Latino Groups Aim to Cut Disparities with Health IT by Diana Manos Healthcare IT News

WASHINGTON – Latino groups met last week in Washington, rallying together to seek ways of improving access to health IT and reducing healthcare disparities in their communities.

In Picture: L-R Jason LLorenz HTTP, Dr. Elena Rios President of NHMA, Jose A. Marquez CEO LISTA LatinoHIT, Dr. Geeta Nayyar CMIO, AT&T, Dr Andres Jimenez CEO ImplementHIT, and Norelie Garcia Vice President AT&T.

At a February 29th meeting, hosted by Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) and the National Latino Alliance on Health Information Technology (LatinoHIT), leaders of the two groups said access to Health IT is critical to medical advancement in Latino communities.

[See also: HHS announces initiative to stimulate adoption of EHRs in minority communities.]

The adoption of health IT provides a viable solution for closing health disparities, leaders of the groups said. But, without addressing the digital divide, medical practices in underserved communities will continue facing challenges. Understanding the scope of these technologies is a critical first step in preventing the detrimental effect on Latino communities across the U.S.

“The goal of the EHRInsight 2015 series is to provide an opportunity for Latino medical IT professionals to dialogue with each other about key concerns in the national adoption of healthcare information technology in our community,” said Jose Marquez-Leon, national managing director of LatinoHIT. “We must continue to raise awareness of the digital divide in the medical industry and pay special attention to the electronic medical records adoption in the Hispanic Community while stimulating new ideas on Latino Small business growth in health IT.”

[See more on healthcare disparity in Setting a Course to Better Care.]

The series emphasized the urgency of improving coordination of IT services in healthcare and empowering people to maintain and improve their health. Research indicates that health IT can reduce significant costs through the adoption of electronic health records and remote monitoring technology, ultimately improving patient care and outcomes as information becomes available in an instant and centralized manner.

Health IT innovations could create more than $700 billion in net savings over the next 15 to 25 years as healthcare related jobs take the lead as the fastest growing occupations and are expected to generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018, the groups said.

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