Less than 1/3 of Hospitals Document Patients' Social Needs

Originally posted on Patchwise Labs

Less than a third of US hospitals are currently integrating social determinants of health data into their EHR, according to Deloitte’s recent survey. Though 90 percent of facilities are trying to understand their patients’ needs better, such efforts are largely unpaid, unled, and unorganized, and thus remain ad-hoc and informal.

While we might say, “well at least 90 percent are screening their communities” that obscures the bigger picture. Hospitals that can’t collect these data properly might not stay alive in the long term. This shift has finallyprompted EHR companies to play catch up.

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