Examining the use of HIT functions among physicians serving minority populations

Will Tarver, Nir Menachemi

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Abstract

The Institute of Medicine highlighted the fact that the U.S. health care system does not provide consistent, high quality medical care to all people. The routine use of health information technology (HIT) that includes certain key functions may be critical in reducing such disparities. We used logistic regression analyses to examine differences when it comes to the routine use of key HIT functions that are linked to improvements in clinical care. Physicians predominantly serving Black patients were more likely than physicians predominantly serving White patients to routinely use HIT to generate reminders for clinicians and patients about preventive services. Similarly, physicians predominantly serving Hispanic patients were more likely than physicians predominantly serving White patients to routinely use HIT to access patients' preferred language. Importantly, although minority-serving institutions have lower adoption rates overall, differences exist in the routine use of key HIT functions that have the potential to reduce health disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-228
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Electronic health records
  • Health care disparities
  • Health disparities
  • Health information technology
  • Minority groups
  • Physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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