• In households with annual incomes less than $20,000, 35% have broadband connectivity compared with 85% of households with annual incomes greater than $75,000.
  • 74% of U.S. nurses recommend health-related Web sites to their patients.
  • As of March 31, 2009, there are 6,080 Primary Care HPSAs with 65 million people living in them. It would take 16,585 practitioners to meet their need for primary care providers (a population to practitioner ratio of 2,000:1).
  • Under the terms of the HITECH Act, CMS will offer incentives to medical practices that use digital medical records technology. Starting 2011, physicians will get $44,000 - $64,000 over 5 years for implementing and using a certified electronic system.
  • 77% of people in a national survey said they would like to get reminders via e-mail from their doctors when they are due for a visit; 75 percent want the ability to schedule a doctor's visit via the Internet; 74 percent would like to use e-mail to communicate directly with their doctor.
  • 65% of physicians in the country work in clinics of four doctors or fewer. Of these, only 20% has gone paperless.
  • $39 Billion in federal dollars has been designated to help the nation convert to Health IT.
  • Low-income Americans and people of color continue to experience disproportionately higher rates of disease, fewer treatment options and less access to health care.
  • 67 percent of people in a national survey would like to receive the results of diagnostic tests via e-mail; 64 percent want access to an electronic medical record to capture information; and 57 percent would like to use a home monitoring device that allows them to e-mail blood pressure readings to their doctor's office.

NHIT Conference

The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative), in collaboration with HIMSS North America will be convening the "Second Annual NHIT Collaborative for the Underserved Conference: Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine & Health IT Innovation."

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The National Health IT Collaborative brought together public/private and community stakeholders for their Spring Summit, Health Disparities and The Heckler Report: 30 Years in Focus- Game Changing HIT Solutions.
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White House Briefing: Advancing Health Equity through Health IT Innovation and Collaboration

On April 22nd, 2015 the White House hosted the "Advancing Health Equity through Health IT Innovation and Collaboration" briefing on behalf of the 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.

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On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) hosted the first in a series of annual conferences to present cutting-edge strategies that use health IT (HIT) tools to advance healthcare and ultimately improve health in underserved populations. Action plans based on conference recommendations will be unveiled in April, 2015 during National Minority Health Month.
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NHIT Collaborative Hosts a Panel of Experts and Congressman G.K. Butterfield to Discuss the Intersection between Lifeline Reform and Health IT for Underserved
On September 10th, 2015, the NHIT Collaborative will convene a roundtable discussion entitled, “Lifeline and Healthcare: Leveraging Mobile Health to Address Health Disparities in All Communities.” The event will bring together key voices to discuss the important role the LifeLine program plays in eliminating disparities in healthcare quality and availability, as well as the challenges & opportunities for poor, multicultural and other underserved populations.

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On December 3, 2014, the NHIT Collaborative in collaboration with the HHS IDEA Lab, convened a meeting in the Financial District of New York City. Read blog for more details.


Aetna Foundation, HHS, & NHIT Collaborative Innovating for the Underserved Business Plan Challenge
Technology and data are crucial components to driving innovation and improvement in services in the healthcare arena. Aetna Foundation, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) are working in partnership to leverage IT innovations to reduce disparities in health among underserved and minority communities.


The HELEN initiative is excited to bring on the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved to help ensure that health policy issues impacting HIT and health disparities are appropriately addressed in this new network. 

NHIT Collaborative CEO Luis Belen expressed enthusiasm for the network, saying: "It is only through collaboration that organizations and people can come together to provide solutions that reduce disparities in access and quality of health and healthcare. The NHIT Collaborative is proud to be the national health IT voice within HELEN, and we look forward to close collaboration in the coming months." Read Press Release for more details.



Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
US Department of Health and Human Services 

On September 16th, 2014 Dr. Karen DeSalvo spoke candidly about the challenge of reaching multicultural underserved populations at the first NHIT annual conference“I want to assure you that I wake up every day thinking of how we can best serve everyone in this country. Everyone.  With a focus on those who need it the most and particularly those who often don’t have a voice.” Read “Dr. Karen DeSalvo touts collaboration to achieve health IT goals” article for more details. 


NHIT - HIT Consumer Engagement Report

The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved released a “good news” report. The report describes exciting opportunities to “jump start” use of health information technology (HIT) in communities of color (COC). The authors point to the explosion of mobile technology use in these communities as reason for optimism. Luis Belen, NHIT Collaborative's chief executive officer and report co-author, noted: "Research confirms that greater use of HIT among racial/ethnic minorities can help close health gaps and support higher quality care. We believe tools such as mobile health applications offer bright hope for consumers in our communities”. Read Press Release for Complete Details.