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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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.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaDigital Personalized Health and Medicine - Proceedings of MIE 2020
EditoresLouise B. Pape-Haugaard, Christian Lovis, Inge Cort Madsen, Patrick Weber, Per Hostrup Nielsen, Philip Scott
EditorialIOS Press
Número de páginas5
ISBN (versión digital)9781643680828
EstadoPublicada - 16 jun. 2020
Publicado de forma externa
Evento30th Medical Informatics Europe Conference, MIE 2020 - Geneva, Suiza
Duración: 28 abr. 20201 may. 2020

Serie de la publicación

NombreStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (versión impresa)0926-9630
ISSN (versión digital)1879-8365


Conferencia30th Medical Informatics Europe Conference, MIE 2020


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