Leveraging Health IT to Reduce Health Disparities

National Partnership for Women & Families: WASHINGTON, D.C. — August 26, 2013 — To jumpstart progress in leveraging federal health information technology (IT) policy to reduce health disparities, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) today released a plan for addressing disparities in Stage 3 of the Electronic Health Record (“Meaningful Use”) Incentive Program and beyond. CPeH is a nationwide coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient and labor organizations.

The result of a year-long review of scientific literature and collaboration with experts on disparities and health IT, the Disparities Action Plan focuses on data collection and use to identify disparities; language, literacy and communication; and care coordination and planning. The plan would integrate disparities reduction with the other criteria in Stage 3 to improve the identification and understanding of health disparities while improving health outcomes. CPeH has submitted the plan to the Health IT Policy Committee, with a request that the committee consider and act on its recommendations. Read More