Advancing SDoH Health IT Enabled Tools and Data Interoperability: eCDS and Data Tagging Project Overview:

According to the World Health Organization, social determinants of health (SDoH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the broader set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. The health care industry increasingly recognizes the importance and impact of these conditions on individual and community health and care.

Two important existing and emerging tools for advancing the use of SDoH data in clinical and community settings are data tagging and electronic clinical decision support (eCDS). Data tagging can help enable the movement of sensitive SDoH data. eCDS can enable the integration of SDoH decision-making data into clinical workflows, as supported by specialty practice guidelines, making it more likely that SDoH information will be utilized as a part of care delivery.

This ONC-led project aims to advance the interoperability of SDoH data by supporting stakeholder efforts to conduct data tagging and by assessing the feasibility of developing eCDS that incorporates SDoH data.

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