Translating social determinants of health into standardized clinical entities

Michael Watkins, Benjamin Viernes, Viet Nguyen, Leonardo Rojas Mezarina, Javier Silva Valencia, Damian Borbolla

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Abstract

© 2020 European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and IOS Press. Social determinants of health (SDH) are a valuable source of health information which still are not fully utilized in the clinical space. Knowing that a certain patient has trouble finding transportation, has a potentially hazardous relationship with a family member or close relative, is currently unemployed, or various other social factors would allow providers to tailor treatment plans in a way to best help that patient. However, these SDH must be gathered, represented, and stored in a standardized way before they can be leveraged by informatics tools designed for health providers. This process of translating SDH to standardized clinical entities includes two main steps. The first is a collaborative effort to establish an ontology of medical terminology codes (i.e., ICD, SNOMED, LOINC, etc.) which can be used to uniformly represent SDH as coded concepts. The second is a collaborative effort to use the FHIR standard to create profiles and extensions which will allow FHIR resources to be used to store the coded SDH as clinical entities. Each of these steps has their own complexities that must be considered and accounted for in future efforts to create interoperable clinical informatics solutions which utilize SDH.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationTranslating social determinants of health into standardized clinical entities
Pages474-478
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643680828
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Jun 2020
EventStudies in Health Technology and Informatics -
Duration: 16 Jun 2020 → …

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume270
ISSN (Print)0926-9630

Conference

ConferenceStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Period16/06/20 → …

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