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IT needs to target health disparities, consumer groups say
Modern Healthcare

A coalition of consumer health organizations is calling on federal health information technology policymakers to live up to the congressional mandate that the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program should address health disparities.

The 2009 law that created the EHR program directed the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS to create nationwide health IT infrastructure that “improves healthcare quality, reduces medical errors, reduces health disparities and advances the delivery of patient-centered medical care,” the Consumer Partnership for eHealth noted in its 50-page “Leveraging Meaningful Use to Reduce Health Disparities/An Action Plan.”