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Impact of Creating a Pay for Quality Improvement (P4QI) Incentive Program on Healthcare Disparity: Leveraging HIT in Rural Hospitals and Small Physician Offices [Commentary]

Author: Hart-Hester, Susan; Jones, Warren A.; Watzlaf, Valerie J.M.; Fenton, Susan H.; Nielsen, Carol; Madison, Mary; Arthur, Chris; Marbury, David; Rudman, LeeAnn; Patterson, Randi; Reynolds, Rebecca; Rudman, William J.

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: September 2008

Introduction

Reducing health disparities and improving healthcare quality for all Americans has become a national priority. 1–4 Approximately 16 percent (or $4 trillion) of America's gross domestic product is spent on healthcare. 5–7 Despite spending twice as much on healthcare as other i....

HIM’s Role in Reducing Health Disparities

Author: Rulon, Vera

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2009


Health disparities are a major concern in the healthcare industry. Many studies related to health disparities cite the need for accurate and accessible data to identify where the differences in health exist.

“The National Healthcare Disparities Report” from the Agency for....

Healthcare Disparities and the Role of Personal Health Records

Author: Garvin, Jennifer Hornung; Odom-Wesley, Barbara; Rudman, William J.; Stewart, Rachelle S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2009



The Institute of Medicine defines disparities in healthcare as racial or ethnic differences in the quality of healthcare that are not due to access-related factors or clinical needs preferences, and appropriateness of intervention.1 Geographic isolation, poverty, lack of trained healthcare....

Interactive Web-based Portals to Improve Patient Navigation and Connect Patients with Primary Care and Specialty Services in Underserved Communities

Author: Highfield, Linda; Ottenweller, Cecelia; Pfanz, Andre; Hanks, Jeanne

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: April 2014

This article presents a case study in the redesign, development, and implementation of a web-based healthcare clinic search tool for virtual patient navigation in underserved populations in Texas. It describes the workflow, assessment of system requirements, and design and implementation of two online portals: Project Safety Net and the Breast Health Portal.

Electronic Health Records and Information Portability: A Pilot Study in a Rural Primary Healthcare Center in India

Author: Radhakrishna, Kedar; Goud, B Ramakrishna; Kasthuri, Arvind; Waghmare, Abijeet; Raj, Tony

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2014


Abstract


Clinical documentation and health information portability pose unique challenges in urban and rural areas of India. This article presents findings of a pilot study conducted in a primary health center in rural India. In this article, we focus on primary care in rural Indi....

Perceptions of the Benefits of Telemedicine in Rural Communities

Author: Potter, Andrew J; Ward, Marcia M; Natafgi, Nabil; Ullrich, Fred; MacKinney, A Clinton; Bell, Amanda L; Mueller, Keith J

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: July 2016


Abstract


Telemedicine is a means of improving care quality and access in rural areas, but limited evidence is available on how telemedicine affects the hospital-community relationship. We examined hospital staff perceptions about the ways in which rural communities benefited from....

Improving the Collection of Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data to Reduce Healthcare Disparities: A Case Study from an Academic Medical Center

Author: Lee, Wei-Chen; Veeranki, Sreenivas P; Serag, Hani; Eschbach, Karl; Smith, Kenneth D

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: October 2016


Abstract


Well-designed electronic health records (EHRs) must integrate a variety of accurate information to support efforts to improve quality of care, particularly equity-in-care initiatives. This case study provides insight into the challenges those initiatives may face in colle....

Development of a Web-Based Registry to Support Diabetes Care in Free Medical Clinics

Author: McFadden, Norman; Daniel, Bryan; Hoyt, Robert; Snider, Dallas

Source: Perspectives in Health Information Management

Publication Date: January 2017


Abstract


The United States has more than 1,000 free medical clinics. Because these clinics do not bill Medicare or Medicaid, they are not eligible for federal reimbursement for electronic health record (EHR) adoption. As a result, most do not have EHRs or electronic disease regist....

Improved Patient Engagement for LGBT Populations: Addressing Factors Related to Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity for Effective Health Information Management

Author: AHIMA Work Group

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017


One of the Healthy People 2020 objectives from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of individuals in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population.1 This population faces health disparities with barriers to healt....