When it comes to social determinants of health, capturing data is important, but it’s merely one step, says Patrick McGill, MD. It’s also about leveraging that data to understand why gaps exist, and partnering with others to help close them.
There may be different ways of getting there, but for healthcare CIOs, the destination is always the same: to “deliver care that’s value-based, cost-effective, and easy to use,” says Ray Lowe of AltaMed Health Services.
It’s no longer just about receiving care; patients want personal engagements, but they want them to be accessible through a web or mobile interface, says Doug Tolley, who breaks down the latest KLAS research.
Even with all the information available on a patient, the care picture is still “rough and poorly defined,” says David Muntz. Social determinants, however, can play a key role by adding some pixels.
There’s no question as to why social determinants should be incorporated into the care picture. The questions, according to Mike Davis, are around how to do it in the most effective ways possible.