Social Determinants of Health
Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are “the structural determinants and conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.” They include factors like socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, education, one’s physical environment, employment, social support, access to healthcare, as well as health literacy.
National research reveals compelling evidence that the SDOH significantly impact patient outcomes, healthcare utilization and healthcare spend. Traditional healthcare involves very limited collection, integration and utilization of SDOH data while care teams rarely include community interventions into care pathways.
At Socially Determined, we believe that SDOH can be measured and that a new science must be created. We are creating that science by partnering with data scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, and healthcare practitioners. We envision a future where SDOH risks are identified and quantified, potential interventions are scored and prioritized, and there exists an analytics-curated marketplace for community interventions.
The Social Determinants of Health are around us everywhere. They are the solution to better health and to better healthcare utilization. Population health strategy starts here.