Over the past decade a rapidly expanding body of literature has demonstrated the existence of disparities in health and health care. To effectively address disparities, several authorities have suggested the need for greater information technology research and investments. This talk will present a brief overview of lessons learned and challenges addressing healthcare disparities, the role of Health IT in advancing the science of Health Disparities research and the potential role HIT may play in reducing healthcare disparities and improving population health.
Dr. Gibbons is an Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Health Informatics. Dr. Gibbons' is a Healthcare Disparities and Physician Informatician whos interests focus on the role of using Consumer Health informatics to improve healthcare disparities. Dr. Gibbons has been named a Health Disparities Scholar by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the NationalInstitutes of Health. He has authored/edited several books, book chapters and federal reports in the areas of Consumer Health Informatics, Electronic Health Record Usability and Patient safety. Dr. Gibobns work is also leading the emergence of the field of Populomics. He is an advisor and expert consultant to several state and federal agencies and policymakers in the areas of urban health, eHealth, minority health and healthcare disparities. Dr. Gibbons obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama. He then completed residency training in Preventive Medicine, as well as training in General Surgery and molecular neurooncology basic research. Finally he earned a Master of Public Health degree focusing in health promotion among urban and disadvantaged populations all from Johns Hopkins.