Seven state medical societies, including the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA), announced the creation of the Health Equity Network for Change (HENC) in September. The organization is focused on improving the health status of medically underserved populations, utilizing health information exchange data and powerful analytic tools provided by KAMMCO. Medical societies in Georgia, Connecticut, New Jersey, Kansas, Louisiana and Missouri have engaged KAMMCO to build physician-led exchanges.
HENC chairman M. Natalie Achong, MD, MHL, FACOG representing the Connecticut State Medical Society, shared, “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.”
“SCMA is pleased to collaborate in this new initiative with the state’s physician-led health information exchange, Carolina eHealth Network,” said Marjorie Heggie, SCMA CEO. “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 This data provides key insights into healthcare patterns and utilization previously not available from static, outdated or geographically limited clinical data sets.”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: Gerald Wilson, MD, representing the South Carolina Medical Association. Dr. Wilson, a retired general and peripheral vascular surgeon, serves as a clinical instructor in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery, Columbia, S.C.
Physicians representing the other states include: Amin Yehya, MD, representing the Medical Association of Georgia; Tracie Collins, MD, MPH, MHCDS, representing the Kansas Medical Society; Donnie Batie, MD, ABFM, representing the Louisiana State Medical Society; Kirsten Dunn, MD, FACP, representing the Missouri State Medical Association; and Soumen Samaddar, MD, representing the Medical Society of New Jersey.