Focus on Health Equity

Health IT and racial justice: Expanding access, ending disparities, empowering communities

We launch this page during Black History Month to celebrate the accomplishments of Black people across the healthcare industry – and to acknowledge the injustice and racism that still affect health outcomes today. And we do so with the recognition that the unique stories of people of color need telling year-round.

The concept of health equity is not a new one, but in recent months the term, rightly, has been discussed perhaps more than ever. As COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues to expand, the need to broaden its reach to underserved communities – those who have been the most disproportionately affected by this ongoing public health emergency – is acute.

Going forward, we'll continue to focus on population health, patient engagement, social determinants, broadband expansion and other efforts to bridge the digital divide and expand healthcare access. This month and every month we and our sister sites MobiHealthNews and Healthcare Finance News will be reporting on the challenges, opportunities and success stories as work continues to build a healthcare system that works for everyone.

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In a recent "un-meeting," a wide variety of stakeholders collaborated to discuss...
By Kat Jercich |
President Biden, Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images
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States will get $12 billion to increase testing, and vulnerable populations will get $150 million...
By Mallory Hackett |
UPMC Magee remote patient monitoring RPM
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Remote patient monitoring linked to the EHR helps researchers reveal important discoveries about...
By Bill Siwicki |
National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi
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As he focuses on shoring up data-sharing resiliency and ensuring that new IT initiatives bake in...
By Mike Miliard |
clinician giving patient a shot
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Blacks, Hispanics and people in fair or poor health showed the biggest jumps in vaccine...
By Jeff Lagasse |
Surgeon touching digital interface
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Because many payment strategies are as new as the treatments, the coming years will be a test for...
By Mallory Hackett |
Doctor and patient
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The money is expected to fund about 30 projects in urban communities and 43 projects in rural...
By Susan Morse |
A person gets vaccinated by another person, both in masks
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The American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association and the American Pharmacists...
By Kat Jercich |
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Experts at the WEDI conference outlined steps for institutions and clinical teams to take toward...
By Kat Jercich |
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The organizations will directly fund rides through route ride credits using Lyft's...
By Susan Morse |
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The organization acknowledged the racist and exclusionary actions of its commonly recognized...
By Kat Jercich |
Helio Health Syracuse New York telehealth telemedicine
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"People like it, they've gotten used to it and they're comfortable with it," says...
By Bill Siwicki |
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California and its Governor Gavin Newsom have received backlash for the state's slower-than-...
By Mallory Hackett |
A patient in a hospital bed
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The research team noted that lung tissue gets stiffer as a person gets older, showing different...
By Kat Jercich |
A person sits looking at a computer
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A new study found that portal users had higher knowledge about their disease, higher ratings of...
By Kat Jercich |
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The grant was given to the state group to increase telemedicine quality and access, with the goal...
By Bill Siwicki |
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Organizations must reorient to care for patients in and out of the clinical setting, according to...
By Mallory Hackett |
Nurse administers COVID-19 vaccine.
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Even as the medical association itself works toward more diversity, it's helping lead the...
By Mike Miliard |
BAME, data, covid-19
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BAME groups can be disadvantaged by algorithms which perpetuate structural inequalities.
By Tammy Lovell |
St. John's Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles
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St. John's Well Child and Family Center in Los Angeles has completed 93,000 telehealth visits...
By Bill Siwicki |
A person looks at a doctor on a screen
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Virtual care is not a panacea, said panelists at the American Telemedicine Association's EDGE...
By Kat Jercich |
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Researchers in a New England Journal of Medicine report found that Black patients had nearly three...
By Kat Jercich |
Rep. Robin Kelly
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Reps. Robin Kelly and Anna Eshoo said that while telemedicine has the potential to expand access to...
By Kat Jercich |
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A new article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association points to the...
By Kat Jercich |
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Although telemedicine can be a way to fill gaps in access to healthcare providers, policymakers...
By Kat Jercich |
Alliance for Better Health CEO Dr. Jacob Reider
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Alliance for Better Health CEO Dr. Jacob Reider discusses the data and IT demands of coordinating...
By HIMSS TV |
Ziad Obermeyer, Kadija Ferryman and Stephen Wellman
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Biased algorithms are bad for patients – but with more awareness of potential AI disparities...
By Kat Jercich |
Dr. Jason Tibbels of Teladoc speaks during a virtual Ways and Means meeting.
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Reform efforts must be coupled with significant and targeted investment to bridge the digital...
By Susan Morse |
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The two pilot projects involve using voice-recognition technology to remind patients to take...
By Kat Jercich |