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Groups call for health IT steps to reduce disparities

February 25, 2013

Consumer and minority health groups last week issued recommendations to maximize the potential of health information technology to reduce health disparities. The report calls for expanding access to health IT and mobile technologies in communities of color; minimizing barriers to online eligibility and enrollment for health insurance; supporting the collection and reporting of patient demographic data; and including privacy and security protections to prevent misuse of health data for other purposes. The report was released by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Consumers Union, and National Council of La Raza at a White House Summit on Achieving eHealth Equity.