Physician awareness of social determinants of health documentation capability in the electronic health record
J Am Med Inform Assoc
Healthcare organizations are increasing social determinants of health (SDH) screening and documentation in the electronic health record (EHR). Physicians may use SDH data for medical decision-making and to provide referrals to social care resources. Physicians must be aware of these data to use them, however, and little is known about physicians' awareness of EHR-based SDH documentation or documentation capabilities. We therefore leveraged national physician survey data to measure level of awareness and variation by physician, practice, and EHR characteristics to inform practice- and policy-based efforts to drive medical-social care integration. We identify higher levels of social needs documentation awareness among physicians practicing in community health centers, those participating in payment models with social care initiatives, and those aware of other advanced EHR functionalities. Findings indicate that there are opportunities to improve physician education and training around new EHR-based SDH functionalities.
Iott BE, Pantell MS, Adler-Milstein J, Gottlieb LM. Physician awareness of social determinants of health documentation capability in the electronic health record. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2022 Sep 7;ocac154. DOI:10.1093/jamia/ocac154. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36069887.