How Technology is Addressing SDOH

Social determinants of health (SDOH) has become one of the biggest buzzwords in healthcare. In the quest to provide more complete care—and lower healthcare costs—stakeholders across the healthcare industry, are realizing that treating a patient doesn’t have to begin or end in a hospital.

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Healthcare plays catch-up on adopting disruptive technologies

Big data has been making waves across the entire business sector and almost entirely transforming the way things operate. Construction and development, information security, retail, entertainment and e-commerce have all been changed irrevocably by big data, management and cloud computing technologies. However, healthcare has been slow to adopt these innovative solutions.

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Part 4: Healthcare in the Age of Interoperability

Clinical Decision Support (CDS) is an early, important, and particularly interesting domain within health informatics. Its purpose is to provide clinicians, patients, and others with knowledge and personalized information, intelligently filtered or presented at appropriate times, to enhance health and health care. It is a critical component of the IOM’s vision of a Learning Health System that we introduced in the first article since it is the vehicle for feeding knowledge obtained from the care of prior patients back to providers caring for current patients or even directly to those patients.

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Part 3: Healthcare in the Age of Interoperability

A universal health app platform to support informatics-based innovations in care delivery, no matter what the underlying EMR, was a long-held goal of the academic health informatics community. In 2010, the federal government awarded U.S. $15 million to the Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program and the Harvard Medical School Department of Biomedical Informatics to create and initially develop just such an app platform.

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Part 2: Healthcare in the Age of Interoperability

The first article of this series mentioned that, after the success of its new messaging standard for electronic health record (EHR) systems, Health Level 7 (HL7) found it difficult to develop and widely deploy a standard for the rich representation of clinical data for use in patient care. This was due, in large part, to the complexity of medicine and the resulting complexity of the clinical terminologies developed to represent it.

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Part 1: Healthcare in the age of interoperability

It is hard to conceive of a better rationale for healthcare interoperability than the management of chronic disease. People in advanced, industrialized countries are living longer, and chronic disease rates among the elderly are on the rise in part because of lifestyle issues, such as obesity and inadequate exercise. As a result, the care of chronic diseases (such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, and chronic kidney disease) accounts for well over 90% of spending by Medicare, the U.S. health insurance program for people age 65 and over. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has found that the top 5% of patients with four or more chronic diseases are responsible for 30% of all Medicare chronic disease spending. While just 17% of Medicare patients live with more than six chronic conditions, they account for half of all spending on beneficiaries with chronic disease.

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Beyond Wellness For the Healthy: Digital Health Consumer Adoption 2018

Results from Rock Health’s fourth national consumer survey (2018 data) on digital health adoption and sentiments. Adoption continues to rise while consumers leverage digital health tools to address concrete health needs.

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