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Collecting SDoH Data to Address Health Inequities

How gathering SDoH data can inform population health strategies

As the healthcare industry continues to recognize the impact of the social determinants of health (SDoH) on overall health, it's becoming critical for health plans and providers to look beyond the four walls of clinical care to address these nonclinical factors. And even though research has shown that SDoH can have an impact on up to 40% of an individual's overall health, for some communities that impact can be even more significant. In minority populations, particularly, SDoH can be challenging to overcome.

To close the health equity gap, a better understanding of the social needs impacting minority communities is vital. By having better insight into the different domains of SDoH affecting minority populations, healthcare organizations (HCOs), government, community-based organizations (CBOs) and advocacy groups are in a better position to create programs that drive targeted interventions for specific needs within those communities.

Topics: healthcare delivery population health minority health SDoH data

Using Social Determinants of Health Data to Decrease Healthcare Expenditures

How identifying and addressing SDoH can reduce rising healthcare costs and improve quality of care 

Over the last 50 years, health expenditure growth has more than doubled and continues to rise rapidly, while rates of chronic diseases also continue to increase. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, health spending is projected to rise by 5.5% this year and will continue to rise over the next decade. The rise marks a sharp increase from last year’s spending, which is estimated to have been around 4.6%, almost $3.5 trillion. The increase in healthcare expenditures can be attributed to several factors including rising costs associated with medical goods and services, shifts in income growth, Medicaid and Medicare.

Topics: social determinants of health population health vulnerable populations

Social Determinants of Health Over the Last 20 Years

Healthify announces our new Vice President of Sales, Jim Devlin. Jim joins us from IBM Watson Health, where he served as the Area Vice President and drove $24 million in annual contract revenue. With over 25 years of experience in sales and supporting solutions for healthcare systems throughout the U.S., Jim has been instrumental in accelerating growth for many companies working in the healthcare industry including, McKesson and MedAssets, Inc.  We sat down with Jim to talk about the changes he’s witnessed in the healthcare industry's approach to social determinants of health over the last 20 years.
 
Topics: social determinants of health population health care coordination

Preserving Culture in Population Health Strategies

If health systems, payers, and providers aim to positively impact social determinants of health, it is imperative they recognize the cultural differences in caring for minority populations. Nationwide, people of color represent 38% of all Americans, and yet these groups are overrepresented in the low-income and underinsured populations.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities population health