Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 5/24 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Sean Erreger, LCSW (@StuckonSW) on the topic of “Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)”.

Social Work practice is slowly but surely adopting more technology. We cover a variety of settings including everything from child welfare to geriatric mental health. These fields have always had some interaction with healthcare facilities. Coordination between social services and healthcare is an increasing need. With large adoption of social determinants of health, the exchange of information between hospitals and social service agencies will continue to grow.

The emphasis on social determinants will force healthcare organizations to increase communication with social service agencies such as food pantries, homeless shelters, and mental health clinics. Health Information Exchanges can and are playing a role but let’s discuss this further.

As a former discharge planner in a hospital, one of the challenges faced is finding shelter for the homeless. It typically involved calling an on-call at the local shelter. Maybe they would get back to you in three minutes but at times it would be three hours. Could technology speed up this process, make it more efficient for all parties? Could we use technology to see if people followed up on referrals to food pantries. This week’s #HITsm chat will discuss where are have we been and where we are going with EHR’s ability to exchange #SDoH data.

Be prepared and start thinking about your answers to the following questions for this week’s #HITsm Twitter chat.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: What are some of the typical #SDoH challenges that health systems and other healthcare organizations are trying to manage? #HITsm

T2: What are the barriers to including #SDoH data in health systems? #HITsm

T3: What success stories are you seeing about the inclusion of #SDoH data? #HITsm

T4: Who do we need at the table to reduce the barriers to adoption? #HITsm

T5: What will #SDoH in the electronic health record look like 10 years from now? #HITsm

Bonus: What should the role of payers and government be in this? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
5/31 – Real-Time Messaging and Collaboration Tools Inside a Care Setting
Hosted by Greg Meyer (@Greg_Meyer93)

6/7 – TBD
Hosted by Taylor Madsen (@MTaylorMadsen)

6/14 – Challenges to Physician & Patient Buy-in & How You Can Get from a No to a Yes
Hosted by Shereeese Maynard (@ShereesePubHlth)

6/21 – TBD
Hosted by @FormFast

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.