HIT Consultant June 28, 2022
In Florida, where Black residents are three times more likely to be hospitalized or die from asthma-related complications than white residents, one researcher’s efforts to “strip away the jargon” related to asthma treatment strengthened patients’ engagement in a year-long clinical trial. The impact: development of an asthma regimen to help combat disparities in asthma management and outcomes.
The results are one example of the gains that can be made in addressing health inequities—differences in health status or distribution of health resources by race, population, gender, income and more—by exploring the nuances that perpetuate disparities in health outcomes. Through data measurement and community partnership, health plans can make a powerful difference in reducing these inequities to improve their members’ health.