"The life expectancy in some urban pockets in New York and in rural Mississippi may be even lower than in some of sub-Sahara Africa," said Dr. Garth Graham, deputy assistant secretary for the US Health & Human Services Department's Office of Minority Health. "Life expectancy may be 15 years less than the general U.S. population."
Health disparities are a complicated problem that will not be solved with just more access to healthcare or improving socio-economic status. Physicians can include more pieces of information about a patient's racial, ethnic and language ability in a patient's electronic health record. That data can be scrubbed of personally identifying information and shared with agencies that are trying to determine approaches to overcome persistent gaps in care, Graham said.
Source: EHRs Will Offer Clues to Racial, Ethnic
Date: September 23, 2009
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