AHIMA released a study conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago that examines the operational realities of how social determinants of health (SDOH) data is collected, coded, and used in real-world healthcare scenarios. NORC surveyed 2,600 AHIMA members and non-members from a pool of 41,000 potential respondents in the early fall of 2022.
Key findings from the survey and white paper include:
- Lack of standardization and integration of the data into an individual’s medical record, even when the data is collected within the organization
- Insufficient training and education on how to capture, collect, code, and use SDOH data
- Limited use of SDOH data to communicate between healthcare providers and community-based referral organizations