HIT Consultant March 2, 2022
Jeff Maxwell, EVP of Healthcare Solutions at NextHealth Technologies

Health plans are on a constant quest to learn what they can do to help their member populations. Unfortunately, there is a scarcity of practical information for health plans to act upon when scanning media coverage and internet sites that purport to provide helpful guidance.

For example, the World Health Organization actually describes social determinants of health, or SDoH, as “non-medical factors that influence health outcomes.” This simple designation complicates matters, as non-medical factors make the issue seem more daunting to health plans. The health plans do not have any control over these factors, and they are trying to connect with members. The SDoH only serves to impede the health plan’s goal of connecting with its members.

The problem with SDoH...

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