Connecticut is gearing up to launch its statewide health information exchange in November, a single repository of medical data that can be accessed by any provider involved in a patient’s care. The long-anticipated system is arriving at a critical time when the need for up-to-the-minute, robust patient information has become more pressing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The exchange is designed to reduce duplicative services, prevent medical errors and improve care. Similar exchanges in other states have been used during the pandemic to trace outbreaks, to identify COVID-19 hotspots in communities, to analyze data on race and ethnicity and to help agencies, like public health departments and regional health districts, access more extensive patient information in the midst of an emergency.
The mental health disparities faced by people of color
Kristen Rogers, CNN, October 10
Racism and stigma make it harder for people of color to get services, and it’s gotten worse during the coronavirus pandemic. During the pandemic, many people have experienced mental health stressors such as unemployment, sick and lost loved ones, disrupted social lives, uncertainty about the future and a lack of internal peace — all of which threaten people’s socioeconomic status and stress levels. And minorities, who already disproportionately experience those misfortunes, face additional geographic and financial barriers to getting help.
New poll shows Black Americans see a racist health care system setting the stage for pandemic’s impact