Worried of a new type of "digital divide," David Blumenthal, M.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, is calling on electronic health records vendors to ensure their sales and marketing activities include providers serving minority communities.

In his latest blog entry, Blumenthal and Garth Graham, M.D., HHS deputy assistant secretary for minority health, note low EHR adoption rates among providers serving Hispanic or Latino patients who are uninsured or covered under Medicaid. "More over, this data also identifies that EHR adoption rates among providers of uninsured non-Hispanic Black patients are lower than for providers of privately insured non-Hispanic White patients," they say.

Blumenthal and Graham call on the administration, regional extension centers and EHR vendors to cooperate and focus "substantial efforts on these priority populations."

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