Ladies and Gentlemen:

Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the preliminary definition of “Meaningful Use” presented in three documents made available to the public by the HIT Policy Committee. Out of Many, One (OMO) is a national multicultural advocacy coalition, established in 2000, that is committed to achieve health parity for people of color. OMO’s membership is comprised of organizations representing the five OMB categories for the major racial and ethnic health groups that experience health disparities in the United States, and embraces a vision of healthy communities that respects diverse cultural and spiritual values and empowers all people – individuals and families – in a loving, holistic, healing and compassionate manner. In working towards health parity, OMO is committed to the goals of establishing comprehensive health systems, for which health data collection plays a key role.

OMO and its members have been advocating for HIT development since 2006. We have applauded commitments of two U.S. Presidents to achieve widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). We have supported the allocation of resources and the creation of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the Department of Health and Human Services. Since 2007, OMO has sponsored or co-sponsored a dozen events involving government, private sector and community participants to address HIT as it relates to communities of color and other vulnerable populations. Finally, we have spearheaded the creation of a National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, which since June 2008 has served as a national advocate to ensure that with respect to HIT, “no community is left behind.”

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