The Underserved and Health Information Technology: Issues and Opportunities. Issues Facing Use of Health IT in the Underserved

11/01/2008

The preceding discussion demonstrates that while the underserved and their providers are in very early stages of making use of health IT, there are a wide range of attractive opportunities and at least several good examples of effective use of health IT to improve the health and health care of the underserved. The discussion of specific examples also illustrates some of the challenges inherent in making the benefits of health IT available for the underserved. While stakeholders responsible for using health IT to improve care to the underserved must also contend with significant challenges associated with the design, adoption, implementation and use of health IT generally, we focus for the following pages on those issues and challenges which are specific to the context of addressing the needs of the underserved.

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