Data plays a huge role in conducting the business of healthcare, and data surrounding social determinants of health is increasingly important. With reimbursement tied to outcomes, providers need to ensure that patients are receiving the best possible care, and certain social factors can make that a challenge, from lack of housing to inadequate transportation.
The challenge now facing healthcare organizations is that, traditionally, SDOH data hasn’t been captured. Most of the data that’s recorded during a visit is directly related to the patient’s health and doesn’t incorporate ancillary factors that can impact well-being. Some SDOH data is captured, but not in a lot of detail.