In less than a decade, social determinants of health (SDOH) have evolved from a new concept into a core strategic imperative for healthcare providers, payers and government health agencies alike.
Few question the importance of addressing the nonclinical factors that impact health on an individual and population level. However, organizations often face obstacles in gathering relevant SDOH data, preparing it for analysis and putting it to use for clinical care and business planning.
“As an industry, we need to take a thoughtful and methodical approach,” says Jeremy Racine, healthcare director for Tableau. “After meaningful use, we had hundreds of electronic medical record systems but no standardization and a culture of information blocking. I don’t want to see the same thing happen again with SDOH data.”