How EHR-based, nonclinical data boosts holistic patient care

Patients’ social determinants of health are becoming increasingly important for physicians to understand and address. These nonclinical factors influence health outcomes more than direct care, so providers need tools to understand the impact these determinants have on their patients if they are to appropriately address them.

Information on patients’ social determinants of health is often sensitive, disparate and outdated. Some organizations are implementing screening tools to ask patients about their challenges at the point of care while others are integration nontraditional data sources like the census to understand patient’s needs.

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