Reprinted with permission from McKnight’s Home Care
It’s become increasingly understood that social determinants of health, or SDOHs, play a big role in our well-being. Medecision, an integrated health management company supporting virtual care and digital health, is bringing SDOHs to the forefront through the release of its new Aerial Social Care Coordinator.
“We see that 50 to 80 percent of an individual’s health outcome is affected by their social determinants of health,” Medecision CEO Ken Young said to McKnight’s Home Care Daily Pulse. “These are very sensitive issues that individuals are sometimes hesitant to talk about. So creating a non-threatening consumer experience is a way to address the challenges of this person’s individual needs and to do it in an empathetic way was our first and foremost priority. Building out a way to effectively communicate with the individuals but also providing clinical teams the necessary information around that person’s care or that person’s situation is important.”
As defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SDOHs are the conditions in our environments that affect a wide range of health outcomes. The five domains these conditions fall under are economic stability, education access and quality, healthcare access and quality, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context.