Government and SDoH – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 11/8 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Susan Houck Clark (@SusanHouckClark) from Briljent on the topic “Government and SDoH”.

Our health is shaped by our physical, social and economic environments. For example, having access to quality grocery stores with fresh produce makes it much easier to eat a healthy diet. And when communities have areas with parks and sidewalks, exercise becomes easier. Additionally, having social supports affects health and wellness by helping people avoid mental health problems. These are a few ways that conditions in our communities shape our health and well-being.

In recent years, it has become more apparent than ever there is significant need to embrace whole-person health. This includes all stakeholders who engage with individuals to improve health including health care providers, insurance companies, government and community-based organizations who provide services. In fact, we now see government agencies recognizing the importance of treating the whole-person to not only improve health outcomes but to reduce on-going costs of health care.

Join us on #HITsm Twitter chat to collaborate on how to bring together the tech community, providers, and government to create powerful solutions.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: What can we do to improve #SDOH data collection from multiple sources? e.g. identification of the data within existing records, from clinicians, from regulatory agencies, from patients, etc. #HITsm

T2: How do we improve sharing #SDOH data with and among government agencies? #HITsm

T3: What legal or ethical concerns should be considered regarding the use of data? What are potential barriers? #HITsm

T4: What standards improvement or development can best improve #SDOH data? #HITsm

T5: How can government agencies better incorporate technology solutions to address #SDOH? #HITsm

Bonus: How can state or local government best partner with non-healthcare delivery entities and providers to address social and environmental needs? What are examples of #SDOH outreach or interventions in your community? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
11/15 – Does Patient Experience Transformation Depend on Digital Transformation?
Hosted by Richard Corder (@RichardCorder) from @t1healthcare

11/22 – How Does Health IT Enable Accountable Care?
Hosted by Travis Broome (@Travis_Broome)

11/29 – Happy Thanksgiving/Black Friday – No Chat

12/6 – Seniors and Technology
Hosted by Jay LaBine, Chief Medical Officer at @naviHealthPAC

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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About the author

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.