MHP Salud has received a $50,000 prize from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to fund a partnership pilot program with CreateIT Healthcare Solutions, Inc. that will enable Community Health Workers (CHWs) to deliver health messages to underserved, Spanish-speaking Latino community members in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley via Spanish-language email, mobile phone text message and automated voice.
The ONC award funds will be used to implement a pilot in which MHP Salud will use the innovative MyCare Communicator technology developed by CreateIT to enhance the impact of MHP Salud’s programming related to breastfeeding and diabetes prevention in the Rio Grande Valley. Specifically, community members who enroll will receive culturally, linguistically and literacy level appropriate messages that promote breastfeeding and troubleshoot obstacles to breastfeeding or healthy eating, exercise and access to health care resources. After the pilot’s completion, MHP Salud and CreateIT will distribute findings.
“As a national leader committed to the ongoing evolution of the CHW model, we strive to identify, test and promote health IT solutions that can be appropriately integrated with traditional CHW activities to maximize their contributions to the aims for improved health, improved health care and reduced costs to the health system,” said MHP Salud Chief Executive Officer, Gayle Lawn-Day.
The agency has already equipped each of its CHW employees with smartphones, which they have used for data collection and reporting for several years. Further, MHP Salud also offers technical assistance to organizations looking to adopt similar health IT practices in their CHW programs.
About CreateIT Healthcare Solutions, Inc.:
CreateIT is a software company specializing in patient engagement software. They are the recipient of the 2013 Innovation of the Year award in Indianapolis, Indiana and they are the 2013 Hoosier Healthcare Innovation Challenge Winner. Their MyCare Communicator is a patient engagement platform that is used to engage a patient population that is ethnically, culturally, economically and technologically diverse.