Health information technology (health IT) has tremendous potential for increasing health equity for racial and ethnic populations. Health IT tools such as electronic health records (EHRs), patient portals/patient health records (PHRs), and clinical decision support (CDS) may yield population health benefits for underserved populations by enhancing patient engagement, improving implementation of clinical guidelines, patient safety, and reducing adverse outcomes. EHRs and CDS may help improve documentation of social determinants of health (SDoH) & inform patient care for those most vulnerable who have multiple chronic diseases and higher health risks.
This funding opportunity seeks to support research that examines the impact of leveraging health information technology (health IT) to reduce disparities by increasing access to care, delivery of higher quality of care, improving patient-clinician communication, and health outcomes for minority health and health disparity populations in the U.S. Applications are due yearly on March 4 through 2021.