Rochester RHIO will use $222,000 in funding from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation over the next two years to improve the quality and completeness of demographic data collected and shared in electronic health record systems across the region.
The effort aims to reduce disparities in identification, treatment and analysis of care, since studies have found accurate and consistent race, ethnicity and gender data play a significant role.
Rochester RHIO (Regional Health Information Organization) will work with Common Ground Health on this effort.
In late 2020, ACT Rochester released a report documenting disparities confronting African Americans and Latinos in the Rochester region. Accurate health care data supports community initiatives, reporting, research and evaluation, and facilitates public health practitioners as they help underserved populations reach their full health potential, RHIO says.
The Rochester RHIO coordinates the essential data exchange with state and county public health offices to provide regional access to information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination data.
The project will focus on improvements that allow people to self-identify and expand reporting options beyond one race or ethnicity category, and create a standard that better accommodates patient data for those who identity as non-binary or non-conforming.
“Robust, inclusive and accurate data is critical to providing specific population health needs and effective interventions to practitioners responsible for addressing public health and patient care,” Jill Eisenstein, Rochester RHIO president and CEO, said in a news release.
Visit the RHIO website for more information on the organization’s work.
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