EHRs can boost health of low-income, minority populations

One of the federal EHR incentive program's goals is to help improve health in low-income and minority communities that traditionally have been underserved but suffer from disproportionately high rates of chronic illness, two top HHS officials say, according to FierceEMR. In his latest open letter, national health IT coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal is joined by Dr. Garth Graham, director of the HHS Office of Minority Health. They note that EHR adoption rates for providers with large minority and Medicaid populations are lower than those serving mostly privately insured white populations. And they are leaning on the vendor community to help close this "digital divide."   FierceEMR