Day: February 6, 2018

  • Source: Thinkstock February 05, 2018 - Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the state’s health information exchange (HIE) HASA are partnering to launch a pilot project for linking social determinants of health data to patient EHRs. The two San Antonio-based organizations will enable providers to use a more comprehensive picture of a patient’s health for complete care delivery. As part of the partnership, Methodist Healthcare Ministries award HASA a $175,000 grant to expand its services to include social determinants of health data that may influence patient health. Using the grant, HASA will integrate social determinant data into its clinical data repository through a cloud-based app. HASA Medical Director and University of the Incarnate Word’s School of Osteopathic Medicine Vince Fonseca, MD, will spearhead the program. “We have heard from many physicians that HASA’s ability to provide clinical and up-to-date patient information at the time a patient needs care in an emergency room has become more mainstream,” HASA Executive Director Gijs van Oort told San Antonio Business Journal. “At the same time, research shows that the reasons people seek medical care are not limited to physical or emotional concerns but are more affected by social conditions such as housing, transportation and the ability to eat regularly,” he continued. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social determinants of health include the conditions of the places where people live, learn, work, and play. These conditions can affect a variety of health risks and outcomes. Unstable housing, low income, unsafe neighborhoods, and substandard education are some of the major factors that can influence patient health. Incorporating social determinants of health data into patient EHRs may improve individual and population health management. The pilot program aims to give physicians a more holistic view of patient health that includes any clinical,...