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Using Health Information Technology to Engage Communities in Health, Education, and Research

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Science Translational Medicine  01 Feb 2012:
Vol. 4, Issue 119, pp. 119mr1
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3003363

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Abstract

The August 2011 Clinical and Translational Science Awards conference “Using IT to Improve Community Health: How Health Care Reform Supports Innovation” convened four “Think Tank” sessions. Thirty individuals, representing various perspectives on community engagement, attended the “Health information technology (HIT) as a resource to improve community health and education” session, which focused on using HIT to improve patient health, education, and research involvement. Participants discussed a range of topics using a semistructured format. This article describes themes and lessons that emerged from that session, with a particular focus on using HIT to engage communities to improve health and reduce health disparities in populations.

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