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Executive roundtable: Addressing inequities in healthcare
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Cerner Senior Vice President Dick Flanigan recently participated in a virtual College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) roundtable with thought leaders from five U.S. healthcare organizations. This article, which provides highlights from the conversation, was originally published Feb. 18 on ChimeCentral.org.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted racial inequities and the devastating impact on communities of color and marginalized citizens in our society. Healthcare leaders recognize that racial disparities contribute to a public health crisis that shortens lives and reduces quality of life. Unintentional bias in the selection of the data used to design digital technologies may be exacerbating problems of inequity. With efforts now under way to vaccinate people nationwide against COVID-19, it is important that populations that disproportionately have felt the brunt of the pandemic are not underserved.
To address those concerns and explore actions digital healthcare leaders can take to help close the disparities gap, five members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) joined Dick Flanigan, senior vice president of Cerner, in a virtual thought leadership roundtable. CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell moderated. CHIME participants included: Chani Cordero, chief operating officer, Presidio of Monterey Health Services