The Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society announced it has launched the HIMSS Latino Initiative, a new program focused on using health information technology to improve care for the nation's Latinos.
The initiative will be led by a work group chaired by Luis Belen, founder, president and CEO of Paramus, N.J.-based Medic Success, a health IT software company, and Danny Vargas, president of VARCom Solutions, a marketing and public relations company based in Herndon, Va. The group will meet through a monthly teleconference, according to a HIMSS news release.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for HIMSS to share its resources and knowledge with the Hispanic community," HIMSS President and CEO Stephen Lieber said in the release. "I look forward to working with the HIMSS Latino Initiative on its efforts to identify information technology solutions to improve the quality of care, increase access to care and reduce the cost of care among the United States' Latino population."
The Latino Initiative's first event, which will take place in February at the HIMSS annual conference in Orlando, Fla., will feature panel discussions on topics such as healthcare disparities among populations and barriers to health IT adoption.