Seven state medical societies, including the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS), 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, South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Kansas 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.”
“LSMS is pleased to collaborate in this new initiative with the state’s physician-led health information exchange, HealthSYNC of Louisiana,” said Jeff Williams, LSMS Executive Vice President and 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 This data provides key insights into healthcare patterns and utilization previously not available from static, outdated or geographically limited clinical data sets.”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 Donnie Batie, MD, ABFM, representing the Louisiana State Medical Society. Dr. Batie is board certified in Family Practice and Geriatrics and serves as the Medical Director of the Skilled Nursing Facility for General Health System and Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital, Baton Rouge, La.
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; Kirsten Dunn, MD, FACP, representing the Missouri State Medical Association; Soumen Samaddar, MD, representing the Medical Society of New Jersey; and, Gerald Wilson, MD, representing the South Carolina Medical Association.