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Addressing social determinants of health? Consider artificial intelligence and machine learning

January 30, 2019 / Jeff Lagasse

"Social determinants of health" is one of the hot buzz-phrases in healthcare these days, and for good reason. SDOH refers to outside factors that may impact a patient's health, such as employment status and access to education, and providers can improve efficiency and curb costs by addressing these factors. Technology is often utilized to do so effectively -- and lately that means artificial intelligence and machine learning. Automation, and technology that learns as it goes, is one way providers can make sense of the glut of SDOH data, and make informed decisions based on it. These technologies aren't new, exactly, but they're still maturing. That doesn't mean it's too early to jump onboard. Embracing new approaches can be one way to ensure that SDOH are addressed in a timely and efficient manner.