Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Social-Health Information Exchange White Paper

December 2018
Rachel Hutson, CYF Branch Chief, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Social-Health Information Exchange White Paper

The health of Coloradans is primarily influenced by non-medical factors such as food, housing, social connectedness, and safety, often referred to as social determinants of health (SDoH). To support whole-person care and make it easier for Coloradans to access the comprehensive services they need, it is necessary to more seamlessly connect health care systems and systems of SDoH services and supports.

The eHealth Commission’s Care Coordination Workgroup has used the following visual from the white paper to describe the core elements of a social-health information exchange:

The white paper reiterates why now is a critical time to plan for a social-health information exchange, a referral and tracking system that connects health services and SDoH services. It also offers recommendations for how Colorado can build a system that connects health care, government programs, and community-based service providers, so they can work together more consistently and efficiently to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. Read the full paper.

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