Health Systems

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 55–63 | Cite as

Can health IT adoption reduce health disparities?

  • Sergei Koulayev
  • Emilia Simeonova
Original Article


There are large and persistent racial differences in health-care utilization and outcomes for chronic conditions in the United States. The recent uptake in electronic health records in outpatient care settings could affect these disparities. This research shows that the adoption of electronic health records reduces the racial gap in outpatient care outcomes. We provide a basic conceptual framework that demonstrates some of the mechanisms that may drive these results.


information technology health disparities electronic medical records 



Any views and opinions expressed in this research belong to the authors only and are not endorsed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or any other US government agency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergei Koulayev
    • 1
  • Emilia Simeonova
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Consumer Financial Protection BureauWashingtonU.S.A.
  2. 2.Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreU.S.A.
  3. 3.NBERCambridgeU.S.A.

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