About the National Latino Alliance on HIT

HistoryLatinos in Information Science and Technology Association (LISTA) was founded in 2000 in New York, New York by a group of nine Latino technology professionals. Employed at various businesses and in different roles throughout the city, they noticed the lack of Latino presence and representation in the information sciences, telecommunications, and technology industries. Concerned how this could affect job opportunities and widen the digital divide within the Latino community, they decided to do something about it. They formed LISTA.At the helm of the endeavor were Jose A. Marquez-Leon and Chris Rodriguez, two technology advocates with over forty years combined service in the Latino community who had met in New York City at an event at the United Nations. Their objective was to form a national organization of Latino professionals and role models from the information sciences, telecommunications, new media, healthcare and technology industries. By empowering and showcasing the talented Latinos working in these sectors, LISTA would help the community conquer the digital divide.
 Collaboration led to inspiration; unity led to growth and opportunity.
In the decade since its inception, LISTA has established 9 professional chapters: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington DC, Florida, Texas, Illinois, California, and Georgia. The network continues to grow nationally and internationally and today boasts 3,700 members and 65,000 subscribers. LISTA remains committed to excellence and to providing a wide spectrum of resources to its members and corporate sponsors, as well as Hispanic-serving businesses and educational institutions throughout the country. The organization is recognized as a catalyst for leadership, professional growth, and technical development for the Latino community.Now, with our nation’s healthcare system undergoing a major transformation, LISTA embarks on its Health Technology Initiative. The National Latino Alliance on Health Technology has developed a four-tiered campaign, FASE, to bring to our healthcare professionals the same passion, commitment and information that has been the cornerstone of our work in the field of IT. Meanwhile, we will work to cultivate the next generation of HIT workers among the Latino students and professionals who have been LISTA’s focus all along.To accomplish all this, LISTA National Latino Alliance on Health Information Technology goal is to become the pre-eminent Health Technology Association, in order to fuel the Latino Health Technology Initiative and the adoption of EHR. Both organizations have mounted a long term campaign to assure that Latino doctors and technology professionals have the right information at the right time, and that no one gets left behind in adopting HIT and sharing in its benefits.As a long-range goal, LISTA participants will work jointly to propose solutions to improve the quality of care, increase access to care and care-related service, and reduce the cost of care among Latinos across the country, for years to come. Read More