MITRE Welcomes NHIT Collaborative to The CMS Alliance To Modernize Healthcare
McLean, Va., December 1, 2015— The CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare (CAMH), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) operated by The MITRE Corporation, has announced a new partnership with The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative).
The partnership will ensure that underserved communities are part of the conversation as strategic goals are set for initiatives at The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
The two organizations have a history of collaboration as they seek to convene stakeholders and tackle tough issues. For example, at the NHIT Collaborative's 2nd Annual Conference "Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine & Innovation," Leslie Platt, JD, Senior Advisor at MITRE, led a panel discussion focused on opportunities for federal agencies to work together. The conference brought together key stakeholders across the private, public and community sectors to discuss health IT innovation and precision medicine, which holds great promise for improving health and health equity for underserved communities.
"We are excited to join CAMH so that we may jointly continue striving towards the elimination of health disparities and attaining optimal health for multicultural underserved communities," said Luis Belen, President and CEO of the NHIT Collaborative. "This partnership is an opportunity for us to turn our plans to action, to impact initiatives that can benefit underserved communities directly through health IT."
CAMH develops partnerships with private industry, health systems and academia to address a range of business, policy, technology, and operational challenges, with the goal of achieving large-scale connected integration, and transforming the health sector into a health system. As the only broadly healthcare-focused FFRDC, CAMH supports many of the complex analysis and critical thinking requirements that encompass the business, policy, technology, and operational interests across CMS and HHS.
Kim Warren, Health & Human Services Portfolio Director at MITRE, said The NHIT Collaborative is honorably serving our most at-risk populations. "We are honored to work side by side with them on issues of importance to the health of our nation including accelerating the learning health system and precision medicine, ensuring that the underserved are beneficiaries of these advances," Warren said.
About CAMH and MITRE
The CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare (CAMH), sponsored by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is an FFRDC operated by The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit chartered to work in the public interest. CAMH serves as an objective, independent adviser to CMS, other Department of Health and Human Services agencies, and other federal partners with health missions.
About NHIT Collaborative (nhitunderserved.org)
Since 2008, NHIT Collaborative has focused on the elimination of health disparities and attainment of optimal health for underserved communities. NHIT Collaborative works in partnership with organizations and individuals to assure that members of these communities benefit fully from HIT advances.
About The MITRE Corporation
The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. Learn more about MITRE.
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