November 1st, 2018
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The healthcare community is gradually accepting that social determinants of health (SDOH) can improve quality of care. Finding a way to apply the data can be difficult, but several hospitals and health systems are showing how it can be done.
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are deeply integrated with clinical care at San Mateo County Health in San Mateo, CA, says Eric Raffin, FACHE, CHCIO, chief information officer. The county has about 130,000 Medi-Cal recipients, well over 10% of the population.
Some states are willing to financially support the use of social determinants of health (SDOH) to address health issues affecting the community.
Medical devices can pose a serious threat to patient safety and protected health information if they are compromised by hackers, and hospital leaders should not trust that the manufacturer has adequately protected them, say experts in the field.