Seven state medical societies, including the Medical Society of New Jersey, announced the creation of the Health Equity Network for Change (HENC), which is focused on improving the health status of medically underserved populations.
HENC employs a new data source, health information exchange data, and analytic tools provided by KAMMCO, a provider-led medical professional liability insurer. Medical societies in each of these states have engaged KAMMCO to build physician-led exchanges: Kansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Missouri, and Louisiana.
According to HENC Chair M. Natalie Achong, MD, MHL, FACOG, “Physicians across the nation are increasingly concerned about health disparities. To address this, HENC brings leading physicians together to examine trends in health disparity data. This will allow HENC to make data-driven recommendations for the establishment of population health priorities at regional, state and national levels aimed at improving health outcomes.”
“The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) and the state’s physician-led health information exchange, OneHealth New Jersey, are excited to participate in this new initiative,” said Larry Downs, Esq., CEO of MSNJ. “By working together to address universal healthcare issues such as healthcare disparities and population health, we can broaden our impact across the country.”
Laura McCrary, Ed.D, senior vice president of KAMMCO, added, “Health information exchange data is an enormously valuable, rich set of clinical data aggregated across all exchange participating healthcare providers within a region, state or nation. This data provides key insights into healthcare patterns and utilization previously not available from static, outdated or geographically limited clinical data sets.”
HENC has tapped leading physicians with expertise in health disparities to include:
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