Using IT to Help Address the Social Determinants of Health

Market Trends, Case Studies, and Considerations to Get Started

The social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age—including security in food, housing, income, environment, and social context. The United States health care system has historically overemphasized the importance of medical care in efforts to improve health outcomes. Compared with other developed Western countries, the United States spends far less on social services, while vastly outspending others in terms of medical care.

The result of this disproportionate spend is that Americans fare worse than other peer countries across many measures of health, including maternal mortality, life expectancy, low birth weight, and infant mortality.

Download this report to review how IT plays a critical role in your organization’s ability to collect and use SDH data, work with community partners, and measure health progress and outcomes.

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