There are too many factors to count that go into the patient care journey to truly understand which has the most significant impact if a better understanding was available. However, one factor has proven to have a significant impact of a clinician’s ability to better diagnose in order to provide more specific proactive interventions and that is the social determinants of health.
What Is A Social DETERMINANT Of Health?
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) provides this understanding of social determinants of health:
“Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Conditions (e.g., social, economic, and physical) in these various environments and settings (e.g., school, church, workplace, and neighborhood) have been referred to as ‘place.’ In addition to the more material attributes of ‘place,’ the patterns of social engagement and sense of security and well-being are also affected by where people live. Resources that enhance quality of life can have a significant influence on population health outcomes. Examples of these resources include safe and affordable housing, access to education, public safety, availability of healthy foods, local emergency/health services, and environments free of life-threatening toxins.”
As you can imagine, this becomes a fairly significant challenge to gather and digest. So, this begs the question of how can a clinician gain this invaluable data en masse without having to spend hours feeding data into their EMR?
How To Better Understand Social Determinants Of Health
The key to unlocking social determinants of health is to make it easy for the patients to provide that data in a manner they feel is collaborative with their clinician and not a burden. Yes, wit a simple Google search you will find out that the Center for Disease Control & Prevention offers a set of “Tools for Putting Social Determinants of Health into Action”. However, these are data-based resources that don’t directly address individual patient issues or circumstances which will need to be captured and digitized by individual patient.
There are also a number of screening tools for social determinants of health, however these tend to be one-way survey tools that leave the patient feeling like they are back in school taking a test.
The good news is that a new class of mobile apps combined with cloud-based analytics can make this challenge a fun and easy task for patients.
Digital Medicine Sets New Standards For Discovering Social Determinants Of Health
Capturing unique, day-to-day patient data to identify barriers preventing your patient from accessing the necessary care is paramount to improving the patient care journey today, especially given the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. What is ultimately needed is an application that provides an interactive way to increase communication and data collection through surveys, patient education, and lifestyle tracking to improve patient outcomes and reduce therapy friction.
Noteworth’s comprehensive care delivery system allows integration and optimization with your EMR, and it can replace multiple remote offerings under one platform, reducing the need for multiple reporting overlaps. On top of which, it allows for a “walking diagnosis” and tracking of symptoms with Patient Reported Outcomes and Adherence to Care Plan, including Medication Management and RPM which allows for proactive care. Noteworth enriches the ambulatory patient experience and allows clinicians to practice at the top of their licenses by easily and effectively producing and managing the data that confirms superior clinical outcomes, reducing cost of care and improving patient safety and satisfaction.
Bottomline is that when the patient feels like they are actively involved in their own care with a feedback loop (and not just something else to do), you set an entirely new bar for healthcare delivery by creating an empowerment model for the patient. Now is the time to see for yourself how you can provide unrivaled confirmation of superior clinical outcomes, reduce cost of care and improve patient safety and satisfaction by enriching the patient experience and allowing clinicians to practice at the top of their licenses or better yet, request a demo today.