Care Coordination Tech Helps SDOH
Social Determinants Of Health (SDOH) have been part of our health since the beginning. However, we have lost track of the value of SDOH in the past few decades as “health care” became synonymous with medical care which has left housing, education, loneliness, nutrition and much more out of the care picture. Growing use of technology throughout all parts of the economy has created an opportunity where care coordination tech helps SDOH.
Social determinants of health – access to housing, food, education, transportation, employment and more – are key to wellness, because they’re often the barriers that interfere with unmet physical and mental health needs.
“If someone is having any challenges around social determinants of health and are battling any physical or mental health need, their priority is going to shift toward making sure their social determinants of health need is met rather than the physical or mental health need,” said Keshana Owens-Cody, director of community relations at Troy, New York-based Alliance for Better Health.
“Our system must shift to assessing and addressing these needs before a patient leaves an office just as we treat symptoms of a physical or mental health need,” she said.
Medical practices feel this burden, community-based organizations address many of these burdens. A new technology platform the alliance is using helps to glue both parties together to address both “symptoms” simultaneously, she said. The platform ensures that these needs are addressed before a patient steps out of the office. A coordination staff member can make a referral into the platform while the patient is still in the office to address their needs.
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