social determinants of health

Curious about social determinants of health?

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You may have recently  heard the term social determinants of health. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is here to help you understand exactly what that means.

Organizations, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, have said that understanding environmental, economic and community factors - all considered social determinants of health - is imperative to providing people with the best care possible. How? Well, imagine that your doctor recommends a physical therapy regime but you don’t have reliable transportation to get to the clinic. Wouldn’t it be helpful if your doctor or health insurer could arrange for transportation or other resources to help you get there? This is an example of how social determinants of health can be used to make sure you are getting the most out of your health benefits and care plans.

Our solutions use only information that has been clinically-validated and correlated to health outcomes, like medication adherence, so that care providers can treat people holistically and not just their diseases.  These solutions are not permitted to be used to price individual health insurance benefits. We require our customers to agree to this contractually, we credential each customer prior to any data delivery, and we conduct periodic audits of our health care customers. Social determinants of health insights are used to enable health insurers and providers to better communicate with people like you so that your care is personalized.

For more information on this topic, you can visit the following resources:

World Health Organization

County Health Rankings

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation