• 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.

First Annual NHIT Collaborative for the Underserved Communities

First NHIT Conference
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.

EHR Adoption in Underserved Communities: Time is of the Essence!

This webinar will highlight the impact of HIT on the underserved and health disparities, with a focus on ONC's recent report. (Understanding the Impact of Health IT in Underserved Communities and those with Health Disparities) HIMSS Latino Community has as its mission to promote and advance the promise of health IT delivery in the Latino community.


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.
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The HELEN project will strengthen health equity leadership and increase the number of sustainable campaigns that play an important role in offering community education and mobilization. The HELEN initiative, which will include members of various organizations, coalitions and associations committed to the elimination of health disparities, will serve as a national forum for health equity champions to share information about timely, relevant, and pressing policy issues impacting health equity. Read Press Release for more details.

Luis Belen Assumes Leadership Role as NHIT Collaborative CEO

Washington, DC. Ruth Perot, Co-Founder of the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative), announced the appointment of Luis Belen, as Chief Executive Officer of the NHIT Collaborative. Belen previously served as NHIT Collaborative's Senior Consultant for education/outreach, planning and marketing. As CEO, he will implement the organization's strategic plan and forge relationships with "Safety Net RECs", HIT vendors and multicultural agencies. 

In announcing Belen's appointment, Perot stated: "Luis brings incredible vision, energy, and focus to NHIT. His extensive relationships with key stakeholders and organizations focused in underserved communities will make a major contribution to our efforts to ensure that all communities benefit from HIT advances. We have valued his work as a Senior Consultant and look forward to celebrating his accomplishments in this important leadership role." Read Press Release for Complete Details.


NHIT Collaborative Announces Good News for HIT and Health Disparities

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.