By Jim Molpus, Editor, HealthLeaders
Social determinants of health are the topic that forward-thinking health systems like to discuss in industry forums, but on the ground level, trying to wrap a clinical mission around SDOH has been like trying to hug a cloud of steam. Data analytics may finally be the answer to moving SDOH out of the realm of community altruism into real business strategy.
One firm is trying to push the industry in that direction. Washington, D.C.-based analytics firm Socially Determined blends together clinical, financial, and social data to give health systems a more accurate view of where opportunities are to improve the health of their communities and have a positive impact on the healthcare cost curve.