• 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 Collaborative Events

HIMSS Regional Events:
Thursday February 26, 2015
El San Juan Hotel I Carolina, PR

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Regional Event series provides tomorrow’s health IT leaders, executives and clinicians with the education, tools and resources needed to advance their careers and lead their organizations to success. Interact and explore health IT advances and exchange relevant, tangible ideas. Gain insight from subject matter experts, solution providers and technical experts. Discuss strategic and practical implications, and discover real-world solutions to your health IT challenges.

HIT for Consumers in Communities of Color: Strategies to "Leapfrog" Disparities in Access, Adoption and Use

Understanding current developments and trends in computer technology and HIT use in communities of color (COCs). Identifying barriers to consumer engagement and opportunities to overcome them. Sharing effective strategies to engage health consumers in managing their health through HIT. Presenting recommendations for effective outreach and education to “leapfrog” current health and HIT gaps.

"Safety Net” RECs: Best Practices for Provider Engagement

This webinar is the second in a series, sponsored by the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT), that highlights the impact of HIT on the underserved and health disparities. NHIT works to assure that providers and consumers, with a focus on communities of color, benefit from HIT advances and resources.


NHIT Collaborative News

NHIT Conference

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.
Read Press Release for more details.

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. The NHIT Collaborative for the Underserved is dedicated to the goal of using health information technology to eliminate health disparities in underserved populations and communities of color, and seeks to involve all citizens in the process of achieving optimal health. The NHIT Collaborative is, thus, an ideal partner for the HELEN Initiative in achieving the goal of advancing a health equity agenda.

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.

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NHIT Collaborative Articles / Reports


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.