Data for Health Equity: Improving Maternal Health Outcomes Through Interoperability

Wednesday, April 19 at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CT
South Building, Level 1 | S105A

Health IT solutions designed through the lens of health equity are increasingly recognized as an integral part of addressing the maternal health crisis in the U.S. These solutions have implications for payment reform programs, federal and state-based policies, and research. However, many of these initiatives require the ability to collect and exchange data at the point of care in a standardized manner. This session will define the high-level data use cases for maternal health outcomes and summarize the findings from an environmental scan and analysis of the specifications available for maternal health. Based on these findings, the speakers will propose recommendations that address gaps in data standards to support care provision, care coordination, and care transitions in the context of improving maternal health outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Define data use cases relevant for addressing the maternal health crisis as it relates to health equity and racial disparities
  • Illustrate how standardized data exchange may address the gaps in care coordination and care provision for maternal health
  • Examine the strengths and weaknesses of the data standards and specifications available for maternal health data use cases
  • Recommend a path forward for data standards as a way to improve maternal health equity by enabling better care provision and coordination and value-based payment models of maternity care
CIO/CTO/CTIO/Senior IT, Government or Public Policy Professional, Population Health Management Professional


Asha Immanuelle, MAS, BSN, PHM-C, RN
Maternal Health Equity Program Manager
Center for Black Women’s Wellness
Evelyn Gallego, CPHIMS, MBA, MPH
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
EMI Advisors LLC
Lenel James, MBA, FHL7
Business Lead, Health Information Exchange & Innovation
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association