Health Systems

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 55–63

Can health IT adoption reduce health disparities?

  • Sergei Koulayev
  • Emilia Simeonova
Original Article

Abstract

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.

Keywords

information technology health disparities electronic medical records 

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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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