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Health informatics and health equity: improving our reach and impact.

TitleHealth informatics and health equity: improving our reach and impact.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsVeinot TC, Ancker JS, Bakken S
JournalJ Am Med Inform Assoc
Volume26
Issue8-9
Pagination689-695
Date Published2019 Aug 01
ISSN1527-974X
Abstract

Health informatics studies the use of information technology to improve human health. As informaticists, we seek to reduce the gaps between current healthcare practices and our societal goals for better health and healthcare quality, safety, or cost. It is time to recognize health equity as one of these societal goals-a point underscored by this Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association Special Focus Issue, "Health Informatics and Health Equity: Improving our Reach and Impact." This Special Issue highlights health informatics research that focuses on marginalized and underserved groups, health disparities, and health equity. In particular, this Special Issue intentionally showcases high-quality research and professional experiences that encompass a broad range of subdisciplines, methods, marginalized populations, and approaches to disparities. Building on this variety of submissions and other recent developments, we highlight contents of the Special Issue and offer an assessment of the state of research at the intersection of health informatics and health equity.

DOI10.1093/jamia/ocz132
Alternate JournalJ Am Med Inform Assoc
PubMed ID31411692
Division: 
Health Informatics
Category: 
Faculty Publication