Creating a conduit for better health: Technology connects medical and social services

A social health information exchange (S-HIE) brings together the many community-based organizations that meet client needs for the social determinants of health—such as housing, food, safety, transportation and employment—and links them with organizations that provide mental, behavioral and physical health services as well. It’s a bridge connect­ing health care delivery and the real-life circumstances in which people live, work and play—the non-clinical elements that contribute to our nation’s high health costs. Although an S-HIE is a technology tool, a shared vision and strong community relationships are essential precursors for an integrated approach to assess and address the social determinants of health.
 
This issue brief features:
  • Jason McRoy, director, Operations and Systems Support Division, Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services
  • Manik Bhat, co-founder and CEO, Healthify
Download the issue brief here.