EHR Intelligence July 5, 2022
Hannah Nelson

Panelists at an ONC Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) hearing emphasized the need for standardized SDOH data collection and closed-loop referral processes to inform health equity efforts.

The industry must improve health data collection and interoperability to support health equity, according to expert panelists at an ONC Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) hearing in March.

Accurate data collection is vital to understanding health inequities, measuring change, and evaluating system effects on individuals and populations. Critical categories for data collection include race, ethnicity, sex, language, disability status, and social determinants of health (SDOH).

Many panelists highlighted the need for standardized SDOH screening tools and uniform data standards adoption to support interoperability and research. Numerous experts also discussed the need to use standards...

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