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HHS to launch initiatives to address 'digital divide'

By Joseph Conn
Posted: March 31, 2011 - 4:15 pm ET

Health information technology will be a critical aspect of a new HHS plan to eliminate health disparities, according to a blog post at Health IT Buzz, the blog of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

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On April 5, HHS will convene a health IT disparities work group that will measure IT adoption and implementation outcomes in medically underserved communities, discuss projects designed to shrink any digital divide encountered and establish "sustainable channels of communication between agencies" to achieve the previous two objectives, according to the blog post.

The IT initiative, the post added, will be part of a broader effort called the National Partnership for Action that the Office of Minority Health at HHS will launch April 8 as "the first HHS national plan to eliminate health disparities."

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