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.
As digital tools become more critical to operations, it’s becoming increasingly important to develop a more “coherent and structured” process that can give health IT leaders the knowledge and experience they need, says Will Smart.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes the best way to determine optimal processes and workflows is to take technology out of the equation and “put it on paper,” says CIO Aaron Miri.
One of the most valuable assets CIOs can bring – especially those who have worked outside of the provider space is an understanding of “what works and what doesn’t work,” says Erik Pupo.