June 17, 2024

Health IT and the Underserved

ACU believes that health information technology (health IT) is a vital tool in achieving the health care reform goals of increasing access, improving care delivery, engaging in culturally competent outreach and education, and enhancing workforce development and training.
An electronic health record that includes documentation of demographics, including race and ethnicity, risk factor assessments, and evidence-based preventive and chronic disease management decision support, enables clinicians to more effectively manage the complex health care needs of vulnerable populations. Health IT can assist in promoting patient self-management and self-empowerment through available cultural and linguistically appropriate patient information, improved communication with clinical staff, and support outreach efforts which lead to improved health outcomes and reduction in health disparities.
View the ACU Health IT Resource List here.

Featured Mobile Apps

Mobile apps are nifty tools for cell phones and other wireless devices that help users manage their health. This month’s featured mobile app, UMSkinCheck,  is designed to facilitate regular skin checks for cancer screening. UMSkinCheck was developed at the University of Michigan in a joint effort involving clinical and technology experts. It is available for iPhones and iPads and downloadable from iTunes. Read more about it here. Tell us if you know of a mobile app that would be of interest to … [Read more...]

HIT and the Underserved Conference

Save the Date! Health information technology in its many forms has the power to vastly improve health outcomes for the underserved, but many health care organizations are in the earliest stages of adopting these technologies. At this conference, you will hear from national health IT leaders about harnessing the potential of health IT for  the underserved. The conference will be co-chaired by Katherine Brieger, Executive Director of the Hudson River HealthCare Planetree Institute, Virna … [Read more...]

Bridging the Disparities Gap with Mobile Technology

MHealth provides vital tools to support the goals of health care reform to increase health care access, improve care delivery systems, engage in culturally competent outreach and education with technology that is easy to use, affordable and scalable, and is already adopted by patients of all ages and socioeconomic status. Mobile health technology (mHealth) is changing the way the world approaches health care access and delivery. Text messaging is used to support patient adherence with chronic … [Read more...]

Resources to Help with E-Prescribing

Are you considering an e-prescribing system? Check out this helpful guidance from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), including two toolsets, one for health care provider organizations, including safety net clinics, and the other for independent pharmacies. The toolsets offer advice on planning and getting started, troubleshooting common problems, and navigating more advanced practice and pharmacy services. Available on the AHRQ Implementation Toolsets for E-Prescribing … [Read more...]

Congratulations to these ACU staff!

Anna Gard, FNP, was awarded a scholarship to attend the George Washington School of Public Health “Health Information Technology for Clinician Leaders” graduate certificate program. She will begin this yearlong program in May to support her work in facilitating the implementation of health information technology in public health care organizations to improve population health outcomes. Lois Wessel, CFNP,  co-authored an article published in the Journal of Family Practice on simple strategies … [Read more...]

Scholarship Winner

Lynn Evans, a family nurse practitioner at Cabot Westside Health Center, in Kansas City, MO, saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. She responded to an invitation in this newsletter, applied, and was selected to receive a scholarship to attend a nursing informatics conference in Las Vegas in February. Lynn says her clinic implemented an electronic medical record more than a year ago. However, despite begin identified as a "super user" she hadn't received any additional training or updates. … [Read more...]