West African Journal of Industrial and Academic Research

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Deploying Electronic Health Record (HER) and Information Technology for Resolving Health Disparity Challenges

BB Olofin, OA Olofin, NO Ohadoma, CN Agu


This paper examines the importance and function of HIT in the handling of the health disparities among the racial and minority ethnic population. From researches and investigation on the utilization of health care based technologies, there were discoveries that certain kind of population, in the minority, was affected. Recent and evolving use of Information Technology in the healthcare sector among the population that is in the minority and ethnicity in critically observed, stressing the areas that utilize IT in these population different from non-minority group and highlighting the need for newer form of social means of communication in the health education and delivery sector. In this paper, the author highlights the capabilities of resolving health disparities challenges using the electronic health record (EHR) and Information Technology and the subsequent impact of health information technology in the health care industry. Furthermore, the article also identifies the notable challenges in the implementation of the EHR among the minority population, and vividly explains the possibilities of Health Information Technology (HIT) in the handling of the disparities in health.

Keywords: Health, Health Care, Health Disparities, Electronic Health Record (EHR), Health Information Technology (HIT), racial, minority, ethnicity

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