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DrFirst Partners With Minority Physician Associations to Bridge the Digital Divide

August 2, 2011

DrFirst has recently partnered with the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) to help close “the digital divide” that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health (ONC) warned is preventing providers who treat minority patients from participating in various government health care IT initiatives.

Many NHMA and ABC members are small practice physicians who treat a growing number of under-served Medicaid, Medicare, and uninsured patients.  Often unaffiliated with major institutions, these doctors find it difficult to participate in federally-sponsored incentive programs which are intended to award providers up to $63,750 to help offset the cost of adopting healthcare IT.  Traditional HIT applications require start-up costs that often put participation out of reach, leaving NHMA and ABC members and their patients without access to the benefits of “Meaningful Use” solutions.  Partnering with DrFirst now gives both associations the lead in driving health care IT adoption rates among minorities.

DrFirst’s established reputation in this arena is attributed in part to solutions that are realistically priced and scalable for any medical practice. DrFirst solutions are created by doctors, for doctors, and designed for quick implementation with minimal training and little or no investment in additional IT infrastructure.

Are you a member of or represent a Minority Association or Ethnic Society?  Interested in the benefits of Partnering with DrFirst?  Place your comment below and we will reach out to you within 24 – 48 hours.

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Irene Froehlich

Ms. Froehlich has been with DrFirst since its inception in 2000. In her role as Director of Marketing, she oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing and public relations efforts at DrFirst. Ms. Froehlich has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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