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Social Determinants of Health Changing Care Models for Better

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Published on : Jun 11, 2019

Hospitals constantly strive to do better and deliver the best results. From medicines and medical procedures to aftercare of patients, they keep a tab on all aspects. This is majorly done in order to assess the risk factor. Following this, hospitals can properly determine which actions should be taken later on. However, they tend to miss out on a number of factors about patients, which are not related directly to their health, while following this approach of data collection. The social determinants of a person’s health, although does not impact clinical care immediately. These determinants can prove to be beneficial in the long term. The social aspects provide vital information on the patient’s life situations and the chances of receiving uninterrupted care.

High Risk Patients to Gain More Focus

KPMG, a leading consultation provider, recently incorporated Waystar’s data regarding social determinants of health into its performance analysis. This analysis can determine better care models for populations in high-risk zones. Healthcare providers are now in a better position to serve high-risk patients. This is mainly a result of staying more informed about a patient than before.

Ryan Bengtson, Waystar’s senior VP of corporate alliances, stated that, “medical service providers can easily know and provide the resources needed by the patient population if they understands social determinants better.” Knowing about the circumstances, a patient might experiencing access to transportation, lack in education, and availability of food security. Consequently, this helps medical professionals understand issues, which may be outside of the care environment but can have an immense impact on the well-being of a patient, he added. With an understanding of social determinants, clinicians can draw a better picture of patient populations and target those, who actually require additional care. These small costs, later on, can eventually help in reducing the need for costly treatment.