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NHIT Collaborative Briefs White House On Impacts Of Health IT In Reducing Disparities

NHIT Collaborative Briefs White House On Impacts Of Health IT In Reducing Disparities

On April 22nd, 2015 the White House hosted the "Advancing Health Equity through Health IT Innovation and Collaboration" briefing on behalf of the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, Inc. (NHIT Collaborative). The event focused on how health information technology (HIT), through innovation and public/private collaboration contributes to health equity and the elimination of disparities in multicultural and other underserved communities.

The briefing featured presentations from Obama Administration officials and selected experts.  Opening remarks focused on the opportunities for health equity that have persisted in the 30 years since Margaret Heckler's landmark report on health disparities in underserved and minority communities. 

Invitees represented a broad cross-section of stakeholders that include government agencies, corporations, health providers, professional associations, entrepreneurs and multicultural community representatives.

The briefing was also a forum for Bryan Sivak, CTO of US Department of Health and Human Services, to unveil the latest initiative from HHS and the NHIT Collaborative to leverage the creative energies of the public to improve health and health care in underserved communities through innovation and business development strategies.  The business plan challenge, with a $40,000 grand prize sponsored by The Aetna Foundation, is a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to compete with their best ideas for products and services that use technology to reduce disparities and address the needs of underserved and minority populations that are hampered by problems that health IT can easily solve. To enter or learn more about the challenge, visit the "Innovating for the Underserved Business Plan Challenge" website.

The NHIT Collaborative is the premier organization bringing together thought-leaders to look at health IT as the catalyst for reducing health disparities.  President Luis Belen commented in his remarks: "This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Heckler Report… there has never been a better time to examine the progress we've made since that report was published, and work together to amplify our efforts and tackle the persistent disparities in health and health care.  Our future is bright- with the right people working together, there's nothing we can't accomplish." 

After the briefing, the NHIT Collaborative convened their Spring Summit at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, HHS Headquarters. 

The summit included comments from thought-leaders across the spectrum of private/public and community leaders, including Bryan Sivak, Dr. Garth Graham, President of the Aetna Foundation, and Dr. Mark Johnson, Professor at Howard University College of Medicine.  

The summit also featured two panel discussions focused on the requirements for successful health IT innovations and ways to leverage government health IT solutions to address health disparities. 

The summit was sponsored by Tracfone, Intel, Microsoft, and Acacia Network, and supported by the HHS Idea Lab and The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.


About NHIT Collaborative

Since 2008, NHIT Collaborative has focused on the elimination of health disparities and attainment of optimal health for multicultural underserved communities. NHIT Collaborative works in partnership with organizations and individuals to assure that members of these communities benefit fully from HIT advances. To learn more, visit the NHIT Collaborative.

Added Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by NHIT Collaborative

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