What Do EHRs Tell Us About How We Deploy Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Authors: Erica Richman, PhD, MSW | Brianna Lombardi, PhD, MSW | Lisa de Saxe Zerden, PhD, MSW | Alexandria Forte, MSW

Topics: Diversity, Health Information Technology

Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

December 7, 2021

Health providers often attempt to capture social determinants of health (SDOH) in electronic health records (EHR) and use these data to adjust care plans. Standardizing SDOH documentation in the EHR between members of the health workforce may help ensure that patients’ social risk factors, including food and housing insecurity, are addressed.

This article assesses how well EHR documentation identifies which health professionals act to address patient SDOH and what interventions are conducted.

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