An evidence-based strategy to achieve equivalency and interoperability for social-behavioral determinants of health assessment, storage, exchange, and use

Health Informatics J

The interoperable exchange of social-behavioral determinants of health data is challenging due to complex factors including multiple recommendations, multiple tools with varying domains, scoring, and cutpoints, and lack of terminology code sets for storing assessments and findings. This article describes a strategy that permits scoring by social-behavioral determinants of health domain to create interoperability and equivalency across tools, settings, and populations. The three-tier scoring strategy converts social-behavioral determinants of health data to (1) be used immediately at point of care by identifying social needs or social risk factors, (2) be consumed within analytics and algorithms and for secondary analysis, and (3) produce total scores that reflect social determinant burden and behavioral determinant burden across populations and settings within a healthcare system. The strategy supports the six uses recommended by the National Academy of Medicine, provides flexibility in choice of social-behavioral determinants of health tool, and leverages the power of social-behavioral determinants of health data in healthcare delivery.

Wetta RE, Severin RD, Gruhler H. An evidence-based strategy to achieve equivalency and interoperability for social-behavioral determinants of health assessment, storage, exchange, and use. Health Informatics J. 2019. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 31659920. DOI:1460458219882265.

Publication Year: 
2019
Resource Type: 
Peer Reviewed Research
Study Design: 
Other Study Design
Outcomes: 
Utilization
Screening Research: 
Yes