How Technology Can Unlock the Value of SDOH

Managed Healthcare Executive

Rahul Sharma

Social determinants of health (SDOH) account for up to 80% of health outcomes, while medical care accounts for the balance, according to County Health Rankings. Our experiences with COVID-19 are a stark reminder that unaddressed social determinants and health inequities play significant roles in the comorbidities that have led to countless deaths attributed to the coronavirus since early 2020.

Given the importance of SDOH in determining individual and population health outcomes, it’s clear that payers and providers can benefit from a comprehensive and secure medical and social longitudinal health record that captures SDOH data points to connect patients with community resources that address unmet social needs – reducing healthcare costs while improving lives. By having SDOH data available at the point of care, clinicians and other caregivers have a comprehensive view of the patient, enabling them to approach care holistically and take action.

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