According to a LexisNexis survey, 88 percent of hospital CIOs say the ideal time for patient engagement is prior to admission through community health efforts. Collaborating with healthsystemCIO.com, the survey reveals that hospitals and health systems are using social determinants of health (SDOH) data to enhance patient engagement programs.
When asked about using SDOH data, 50 percent of providers stated they are not using SDOH data in patient engagement; however, 42 percent say SDOH data is effective for patient engagement.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. Largely out of a hospital’s control, health inequities due to circumstance and resource distribution strongly impact patient outcomes.
Other key findings from the LexisNexis SDOH survey include:
· 80 percent of survey respondents try to engage individuals before they become patients.
· 36 percent use SDOH not found in their Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
LexisNexis Health Care and healthsystemCIO.com’s survey received 62 responses from a C-suite audience from hospitals and health systems across the United States. Of those, all identified as being employed by a hospital and 98 percent were senior management and CIO level.