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Mar 01

Access to Health IT Critical to Medical Advancement in Latino Communities

Medical and Technology Professionals explore topic at LISTA LatinoHIT’s  EHRInsight’s 2015 Kickoff in Washington, D.C.

Over 75 distinguished medical and technology professionals gathered at the EHRInsight 2015

seminar series in Washington, D.C. to discuss the expansion of Electronic Health Records (EHR), telemedicine, mobile health, and health information technologies in the Latino community. The two day event, hosted by LISTA and  National Latino Alliance on Health Information Technology (LatinoHIT) featured round-table briefings, workshops, a keynote address by Dr. Geeta Nayyar Chief Medical Information Officer at AT&T, and a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation for Congressman Charles Gonzalez.

“The goal of the EHRInsight 2015 series is to provide an opportunity for Latino medical IT professionals to dialogue with each other about key concerns in the national adoption of Healthcare Information Technology in our community,” said Jose Marquez-Leon, National Managing Director of LatinoHIT. “We must continue to raise awareness of the digital divide in the medical industry and pay special attention to the Electronic

The series emphasized the urgency of improving coordination of IT services in healthcare and empowering people to maintain and improve their health. Research indicates that health IT can reduce significant costs through the adoption of electronic health records and remote monitoring technology, ultimately improving patient care and outcomes as information becomes available in an instant and centralized manner. These technology innovations could create over $700 billion in net savings over the next 15 to 25 years as healthcare related jobs take the lead as the fastest growing occupations and

The adoption of health IT provides a viable solution for closing health disparities, but without addressing the digital divide, medical practices in underserved communities will continue facing challenges, said Dr Elena Rios President of NHMA and LAtino HIT Advisor. Understanding the scope of these technologies is a critical first step in preventing the detrimental effect on Latino communities across the U.S.are expected to generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018.Medical Records adoption in the Hispanic Community while stimulating new ideas on Latino Small business growth in health IT.”

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About Latino in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA)

LISTA (www.a-lista.org) promotes the utilization of the technology sectors for the empowerment of the Latino community. We are an organization that is committed to bringing various elements of Technology under one central hub to facilitate our partners, members and the community with the leverage and education they need to succeed in a highly advanced technologically driven society. LISTA Mission is to educate, motivate and encourage the use of technology in the Latino community and empowering them to bridge the digital divide. @lista1

About the National Latino Alliance on Health Information Technology (www.LatinoHIT.org)

In 2009 the National Latino Alliance on Health Information Technology (LatinoHIT) was established with the purpose of sustaining the Latino community with a group of concerned technologist to assist in the paradigm shift to Health Information Technology and Electronic Health Records in the medical industry. LatinoHIT is committed to ensuring that primary care physicians, technology professionals and our community have the resources, information and tools to effectively understand the changes in the medical industry and bridge the digital divide. Meanwhile, we will work to cultivate the next generation of HIT workers among the Latino students and professionals who have been LISTA’s focus all along. Follow the Conversation #latinohit

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