Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) — the social and economic conditions that can impact health outcomes — are gaining recognition as a principal factor in the effort to improve patient care. Recent studies estimate that social determinants such as availability of basic resources, income level, access to transportation and overall knowledge of the healthcare system can be responsible for up to 80 percent of a health outcome.
While the impact of SDoH on patient health has been well acknowledged by healthcare professionals, there remains a discrepancy between recognition and responsibility. Trends toward value-based care and the idea of treating the person rather than the condition are redefining the landscape, requiring all stakeholders to work together to address SDoH and improve health outcomes on a large scale.
Data- and technology-driven member engagement strategies have emerged as a means of identifying SDoH and connecting high-risk individuals and communities with critical healthcare resources. Here’s how analytics, engagement and care management tools are helping payers and providers overcome the socioeconomic issues affecting member health.