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How Can Technology Help Address Infant Mortality?

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Infant mortality is a devastating challenge facing the world of healthcare. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.9 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2016. Even more unsettling is the fact that African Americans face a multiplied risk in comparison to Caucasian, non-Hispanics. In the state of Ohio, this risk is significantly high, as Silas Buchanan explains in this HIMSS blog post. Silas is the president of OurHealthCommunity.com, an organization that is collaborating with HIMSS to amplify infant mortality awareness through a series of events, including a tech developer’s challenge aimed at creating digital health solutions that address and prevent infant mortality, especially for underserved communities facing increased risk. 

This begs an important question for the infant mortality awareness developer’s challenge: given the complexity of this problem, how exactly can health information technology make a difference?

As a licensed clinical social worker, here are some ways I think health information technology can address these challenges. Read more

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