Why Data on Social Determinants of Health is Growing in Importance

According to the Centers for Disease Control, social determinants of health have a profound impact on health outcomes – much more, in fact, than the actual delivery of healthcare services.

The health of people and communities is heavily influenced by such factors as socioeconomic status, education, social network support, access to care, access to transportation and employment. Therefore, organizations that are committed to improving the health of populations should not overlook the social and economic conditions impacting the well-being of individual members.

Healthcare is continuing to shift from fee-for-service payment models to models that reward providers for delivering high-quality, cost-effective care. To achieve clinical and financial success in a value-based care world, providers need deep insights into the health of their patient populations.

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