Loneliness and social isolation rose alarmingly during the COVID-19 pandemic as lockdowns proliferated and in-person gatherings were discouraged.
A critical social determinant of health (SDOH), social isolation is estimated to have increased by 6.7 percentage points during the pandemic.
To help combat this and other SDOH issues, providers and payers are turning to data analytics. Several companies have emerged that help healthcare stakeholders assess and measure SDOH data to guide their health equity efforts.
One such company is Socially Determined, which offers “social risk intelligence” to providers and payers through their SocialScape platform, according to Ashley Perry, chief solutions officer at Socially Determined, in a phone interview. By analyzing social risk scores within the populations they care for, the company helps healthcare stakeholders decide how and when to deploy targeted interventions to enhance population health.