According to an announcement from the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), the group recently created a cardiovascular disease registry to help underserved populations throughout the U.S.
To make this possible, the ABC has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Morehouse School of Medicine.
With the new registry, health care professionals will be able to directly import data from health care technology platforms, like electronic health records. This new technology will be supported by the partners.
“I am excited to see the ABC Registry concept come to fruition,” Icilma Fergus, former president of the ABC, said. “With the support of the AHA and Morehouse, this repository of data from our patient population will highlight issues essential to achieving health equity and reducing the gap in morbidity and mortality that currently exists.”
To measure the data, the researchers will collect as well as track information. This will be useful in developing new quality-improvement initiatives to help underserved populations. The reports will support evidence-based guidelines and help health professionals adhere to them.
“A comprehensive registry dedicated to addressing health care disparities among African-American patients is long overdue,” Barbara Hutchinson, current ABC president, said. “With the support of AHA and Morehouse School of Medicine, this is a step forward in engaging African Americans in clinical studies. This registry will highlight issues essential to achieving health equity and reducing the substantial gap in morbidity and mortality that currently exists for our patient population.”